Ottawa-based experimental electronic musician/producer Electric Treatment Free, aka Mark Uygur, dropped his debut, self-titled EP in May 2020.
According to Electric Treatment Free, The EP delivers “an electroacoustic sound that is idiosyncratic yet readily accessible.”
The brainchild and solo project of Mark Uygur, who got his start in music playing guitar with different local bands in Ottawa, Electric Treatment Free makes it possible for Mark to delve into a smorgasbord of musical styles, merging sounds and sonic configurations, while investigating novel tonal milieus and production methods.
Describing Electric Treatment Free’s sound, Mark says, it’s “a blend of Frank Zappa, Boards of Canada, Kim Hiorthøy and John Cage.”
Containing five tracks, the EP starts off with “study 4,” which opens on strident, piercing tones wavering rapidly, followed by the entrance of percolating, luminous piano notes, fluctuating with hurried inflections. Then the tune slows, taking on almost nursery rhyme savors.
Next up is “andrei’s bright day,” a short tune rife with thrumming, filtered colors over which a child’s voice intones “this is the best moment of my life,” followed by a jarring, discordant piano. “the brother of sleep” features a ringing telephone segueing into a recorded message. The song then flows into various recorded English accented voices.
“maths (conlon guitars) features layers of bright, muted guitars conveying cartoon-like flavors as if tracking the onscreen exploits of the show’s character.
The final track, “fort smith,” highlights a jarring piano rolling out on quaking, trembling colors, followed by dirty electric guitars, sparkling piano notes embellished with futuristic, lustrous tones topped by a distant voice.
Decidedly experimental, there’s a cryptic appeal to Electric Treatment Free’s avant-garde compositions, as listeners wait to hear what’s next.