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- Point of Convergence by Tetragrammaton
8/10 Brian Staff review, 01 December 2010
Right. Time for my regular dose of wild discordance & tripped-out meandering noise, courtesy of the ever experimentally-minded Utech. The first track here begins gently, tentatively comprised of stormy percussive rolls & chinks of chimes. Further along, some eerie clattering sends ominous echoes across the void. Gradually, across the quarter hour duration, a hellish, dense tapestry of aural chaos is woven with thickly applied sheets of rabid noise & lascivious free-jazz abandon. Disorientation is the key here and I can see how easy it is to get utterly lost in the resulting madness. The subsequent track is quite beautiful by contrast, containing gorgeous spooky chimes, bells & xylophone notes that result in a sublime aura of twinkly magic, punctuated by strange intermittent wooden thunking percussion & other occasional alien sounds. Then there's a disembodied doomy psychedelic scrawl creeping into your mind like a blackened lagoon-dwelling beast on the rampage. Imagine Skullflower in a murky swamp you may be somewhere close. A slice of dark, shimmering drone follows. The odd blunted scraping & clattering sounds beneath are quite unsettling, as is the periodic fluctuation in pitch that renders the thing worthy of a modern horror soundtrack. There's a track of mad proper improv pissing around that sounds great but apart from the violent tinnitus inducing violin isn't doing anything particularly new for me (nothing the Termite Club won't have hosted in Leeds at some point) and the last track is a surprise because I went to make a cup of tea and thought it had finished. Some interesting stuff here for defs.... In the usual sumptuous package.
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