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- Act Of Shimmering by Jannick Schou
8/10 Mike Staff review, 25 August 2011
Here's an LP of drone from Dane Jannick Schou. He goes for the dense and cacophonous approach, taking us to an industrial landscape of buzzing and grating that all melts into a white-hot squall of tone. Apparently there's a guitar involved here but there's no real hint of that tonally until we get to the title track at the end of the first side, where the fuzz is relegated to the background and some shimmering kosmische-style tones take the fore. It's a bit of a relief after the intensity of the first couple of tracks, and it's a nice effect when it does happen because your mind has kind of adjusted to the harsher sounds so it takes you to a new level of relaxation on this track. I dunno, this is good but it seems wilfully grating at some points with all its clanking and buzzing and industrial screeches and I prefer my drone a bit more therapeutic, like last week's VCV & Shinobu Nemoto offering. On the flip it goes all dark with loads of bottom end and robotic crackle. It sounds like some kind of alternative Blade Runner soundtrack. It doesn't take long before we're back to the sound of a thousand steelworks filling the air. This guy really does a good job of creating quite involving mental realms to get lost in, actually. Some kind of machinised dystopian nightmare. Ant said it sounds a bit like Gas. Then he asked if Business Lady ever got into solvent abuse when she was a kid.
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