Opener “Ride” takes its title literally, with a series of bleeps and squawks kicking in and out over a single ride cymbal, opening the door for many a DJ to layer with, well, just about anything electronic. The title track, on the other hand, is a more subtle affair, with layers of shuffling percussion slipping over a series of ever-processed riffs, some vaguely Detroit ambient chords, and a funky bass groove for a sound akin to classic Black Dog material. “Risset” plays exclusively with tempo, rhythm and pitch, creating new aural illusions from all three, ever increasing speed but somehow running in place. “Nikita” gently thumps along while humming saucers whistle by into a gorgeous Martian sunset.
nsi.’s mythical status seems to grow with each subsequent release, and “Squelch” certainly won’t do anything to harm that. Whether pursuing twisting rhythm and noise combos or neoclassical minimalism, however, it is clear that Freund and Loderbauer have hit a nerve that strikes both the experimental-minded noisenik crowd and the electronic dance community.