8/10 Brian Staff review, 22 March 2012
Off to see NWW do his dream-sleep experiment tomorrow in Newcastle. I'm very excited, right down to the point where I'm considering investing in some new pyjamas. They'd have to be plastered with the TG logo or summat so I didn't look uncool and non-industrial. This CD isn't quite what I'd want to slip into the land of nod to however but it is rather excellent. An attempt by Stapleton and Bowers to musically recreate the chaos and confusion in the brain following a major stroke, this set of three pieces starts with a nightmarishly dense orchestral collage that also gradually brings into the mix some unnerving phone ringing and various subtle concrete/tape sample elements to add to the delicious bewilderment. A startling introduction indeed. I particularly like the aural fright-fest that is part three. This again is built around dark ambience, bursts of collapsing anarcho-chamber orchestra; electro-acoustic weirdness; percussive rolls and clanking minimalism; jarring brass parps or piano thunks and especially relevant - the deep liquid sound of a human pulse. So all said the disorientating kaleidoscopic effect of this CD isn't anywhere near as harsh or difficult as I've made it all sound. This is dark yet playful sound-collage at its very finest.
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