Batty Fraud Clinic – ‘simma’

An eclectic journey with nu-jazz, post-rock, and electronic ventures, simma is the new album from Batty Fraud Clinic. Synths play a prominent role alongside occasional saxophone infusions and rhythmic intrigue. The artist is originally from Uppsala, Sweden, and is presently based in Pardubice, Czech Republic. They are a member of the new cassette label Kitty Kant Collective, also host to previously featured acts like The Winter Sounds, Pink Soda, and Smoltz. Clearly, we’re fans of the project’s momentum and overall aesthetic — embracing experimental aesthetical pursuits with an embrace of solarpunk and overall atmospheric engrossment.

“Intimacy, Distance (Overture)” opens the album with a satiating yet gradual unveiling. Upright bass plays with warming steadiness as flickering, spacey synth components float alongside, reminiscent tonally of the late Susumu Yokota. Another highlight, “Does It Wear on Your Conscience?” also weaves upright bass with enthralling, sporadic immersion — weaving into chilly brass components amidst fragmented textural intrigue. The ensuing “Kaleidoscope” is another standout, moving from somber piano-set balladry into a late-night meshing of bass, percussion, and ambient keys, invoking a Lynchian cinematic flair. simma is a consuming success from Batty Fraud Clinic.

“Does It Wear on Your Conscience?” is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Electronic.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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