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8/10 Brian Staff review, 14 July 2011
I really loved his last album on Fang Bomb. It was probably the best thing we'd heard him do back then but that's probably all a load of cobblers because we're so fickle, idiotic & changeable here that we're now comically pretending we don't even know who Jasper TX are. Are they actually from Texas? Do they wear stetsons and eat giant mutant cow-pies & sport faded "Vote Bush!!" stickers on their faded petrol guzzling shotgun-carriers? Joking and hilarity aside, this is Danish Dag's Deep Dark opus for 2011. As he's largely a practitioner of sublime sound art & experimental drone I'll probably be completely incapable of doing this first album in two+ years any real justice but what I can say is that the track 'Weight of Days' is an apocalyptic beauty with the intensity of Godspeed & it also features some wonderful tragic cello from Aaron Martin. 'All I Could Never Be' gradually builds over nine minutes into a right enveloping shitstorm of malevolent fuzz & doomy meditative drone. The 21 minute 'Shores' apparently features Mike Weis from Zelienople on drums. It's 21 minutes though. I haven't time to properly listen to a 21 minute drone number to be able tell you where the drums come in, how good they are or if they're hard, soft, tumbling or restrained. There's some pretty, somber piano and rumbling field recordings on the delightful 'White Birds' as well as some trombone, my fave brass instrument. Well I quite like tubas too but there's none on here. Next time Dag, give us a tuba solo will ya? Aw...go on!!
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