POLMO POLPO with ADAM MARSHALL , TINKERTOY and more at the Boat (158 Augusta), Friday (November 25). $7. www.supesharu.com.
Sandro Perri makes experimental ambient techno under the name Polmo Polpo. No, wait, he actually makes quirky guitar-driven dance floor tracks as Continuous Dick. Or maybe he's actually an in-demand guitarist and lap steel player with bands like the Great Lake Swimmers and Detective Kalita. It could be that he performs solo experimental music using a kick drum, effects and a lap steel, but maybe he's actually a producer working with drone bands like Off the International Radar.
The truth is, all of the above. He's a very busy guy who floats effortlessly between a huge variety of music scenes, defying simple descriptions but always letting his avant-garde folk-music vibe shine through no matter which hat he's wearing.
This time around it's the Continuous Dick project that's celebrating a release, a four-track EP featuring two remixes by Toronto techno maverick Adam Marshall. The EP starts off with a catchy number best described as disco folk (Birth Of A Dick), followed by a bluesy house track (Hanging Out). For the remixes, Marshall dubs out Hanging Out into a swirling hypnotic throb, while Birth Of A Dick is transformed into something resembling free jazz with a techno beat, unrecognizable as the original track.
"The fourth track is being labelled a remix, but what really happened is that Adam played me this song that I loved and I convinced him that we should use it for this EP since no one else was interested in releasing it," Perri confesses from his Toronto home. "I ended up adding some little tiny bits from the song that we're claiming he remixed, but it's basically his track."
Liner-note dishonesty aside, it's a startlingly unique slab of wax and should help Perri expand his audience beyond the experimental music community.
To put this in perspective, Polmo Polpo is the kind of techno that gets released on Constellation Records, famous for epic atmospheric instrumental music from bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Do Make Say Think. Think slowly evolving drones and noise with subtle thumps underneath and wisps of slide guitar rather than big beats and screeching synth riffs. It fits well into the catalogue of Constellation, who have provided a good home for him since he put his own label on indefinite hold due to an increasing lack of time.
"They put a lot of themselves into it, all their politics and ideals. I'm not so up front about that kind of stuff myself, but it's been interesting to watch how they balance getting the music out to people without compromising their beliefs."