Max Gardner Brings Psychedelic Sonics With “This Is A Test” – Peer

Max Gardner
Author : Kevin Ching
February 10, 2022

Max Gardner Brings Psychedelic Sonics With “This Is A Test” – Peer

San Francisco techno stalwart Max Gardner has inaugurated his and Cory Simpson‘s Peer record label with a five-track EP. The concepts comprising This is a Test [PEER001] range from cold and contemplative to bold and incendiary, hinting at what’s to come from the fledgling imprint.

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“Clamor” kicks off the EP with hypnotic lead synths and eerie atmospheres that contrast curiously with its title. Sound layers enter and leave unpredictably, but with a structure on which one can’t seem to put their finger.

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Elastic sonics and cavernous kick drums usher in “For Realness” next. Expertly placed hi-hats frame a dubby, vaguely Detroit-reminiscent melody that builds to a fever pitch before a sample of the track’s namesake takes center stage in the arrangement. Also included in the EP is a remix of “For Realness” by Insolate whose upbeat rhythms adapt the source material for a peak-time DJ set.

At the crucible of the effort is the title track, a single in which psychedelic sonics create a seldom-heard tension and release dynamic. Clever stereo panning makes for sounds that bubble up and emerge in a roiling cycle of death and rebirth. Reimagining the source material is none other than Los Angeles techno figurehead Drumcell, whose rendition differentiates itself with driving percussion and corrosive textures.

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This is a Test makes a firm statement on Peer’s position in the world of techno moving forward. Building their endeavors upon a philosophy of artistic integrity, Gardner, Simpson and company bring credibility that affords their fledgling label early recognition.

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words by John Cameron