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- Seven of Wands by John Wiese
8/10 Mike Staff review, 07 December 2011
John Wiese has been peddling textures for some years now and he's done some fairly notable collaborations so if you're the type to buy Pan releases he doesn't need much introduction. This one here is in the label's trademark lavish printed-card-sleeve-inside-a-screenprinted-PVC-sleeve artwork and contains seven pieces spanning a period from 2004 until 2010. By Wiese's standards this is a pretty sedate and reflective collection, with the compositions ranging from quiet static rumbles and swells to processed clanking and creaking type affairs. It's a consistently meditative listen and never really breaks into the full-on confrontational noise stuff that Wiese can be prone to, and for that I thank him because it isn't yet 11am and I'm not sure I could stomach anything super-grating right now. This is a really minimal and curious listen, in places there's concrete-style arrangements that are almost percussive with shloops and swishes and mic clicks all crushed up next to one another. Let's face it, if you're looking for something that's conventionally musical then you won't be looking towards this guy or this label, but when it comes to bringing out unique and consistent experimental noise you can rely on both to deliver the goods.
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