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I don’t recall ever having met Chicago-based Matt Jencik, but given the title to his track “Conservative Fucks,” it’s clear that he’s spent some time with each of my coworkers…

Surely the song isn’t meant to be explicitly political. Music should transcend the daily minutiae, pondering the big truths while spin peddlers bicker about the little ones. Let the Republican party figure out how to distinguish RomneyCare from ObamaCare, while the rest of us clear away the static with music. But hear the track’s dark reverberations and the excavated voices, those sinister hues and the noise. This is the sound of an echo chamber, and just before we scramble around for some speech recognition software, it fades quickly to black. Suspend judgement on whether or not this is accidental until the second listen.

“Conservative Fucks” is the first of two tracks that Jencik contributed to his three:four records split EP with Jeremy Lemos. Lemos is one half of White/Light, and Jencik, a member of Implodes. The EP marks the solo debut for both artists.

The album begins with Lemos composition “Out With the Old.” First, a black-and-white drone prologue, which lifts into color with one or more of his analog pets. (This blog post for example recommends the Ekdahl Moisturizer. Only follow the link when you have an hours for watching demos, because you’ll want to see them all.) An organ tone rises from the primordial surf, and now a string profile does. It all grows somewhat industrial at the turn-around, especially that aluminum-pipe organ effect and the celestial, key-borne wah-wah. Lemos’ synthesizer is strikingly forward, without fully lapsing into promiscuity. Jencik’s second contribution is “Hollow Bodies,” another lively double entendre that is probably best left unresolved. Brief and beautiful, this is six minutes of note-ambiguous shadows; out-of-time, perhaps out-of-body composing; and regret distilled to its echoes.

At a running time of 19 minutes, we should both adjourn now, and listen. Jeremy Lemos + Matt Jencik – split series vol. 5 is available in a “one-time pressing of 300 hand-numbered copies.”