Main influences for this recording -
-Ether, God and Devil and Cosmic Superimposition book by Wilhelm Reich
Thomas LaRoche is an Insect Breeder as well as the main representative of Research Laboratories.
"Ever More Precise Accounts Of The Cave, a tape of two lengthy collage pieces on fine Jordanian label Drowned By Locals, opens with the slur-slow sound of someone expounding on the mentality of porcelain egg collectors. Elitist perverts with a commodity fetish, they’re saying. Not the words of Thomas LaRoche, whose release this is (they’re from a book titled Cultures Of Collecting, which I found on account of its text being one of the few search results for “porcelain egg collectors”), but we can assume he endorses the sentiment. Or can we?
LaRoche, a noise musician from England’s south coast, often releases via his own label Research Laboratories and sometimes in the sort of ‘art editions’ you can’t actually play. Cited influences for this one, whose cassette shells have been heavily scratched with some sort of blade, include “heroin use” and “Neil Diamond”. Very esoteric, I’m sure. From introductory egg-nerd shade, we continue through birdsong – once again, and real this time I think – timestretched NWW-flavoured industrial drone, barely-there surface noise disturbed by a barking dog, some sort of family-friendly gathering (maybe a beach?), the Fugees’ ‘Ready Or Not’ pitched down to inertia and some trickling water sounds that may instigate the need to pop to the lavatory. If these stitched-together sonics seem unfocused at first, they dig their talons into you with repeated listens."
- Noel Gardner, The Quietus -
"New release on Drowned By Locals from Thomas LaRoche is a swarming miasma of disturbed dead air, eerie spoken-word, cursed piano and looped pop songs turned into nightmare inertia."
- Daryl Worthington -
released February 14, 2023
Produced by Thomas LaRoche
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Artwork by Anna Solal