8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 04 January 2012
Chuck Bettis is pals with that band Big Blood so they've put a CD out of his stuff on their own Don't Trust The Rain label. Bettis is one of them spontaneous composition types so, as you can imagine, 'Urgency Renewal' is chocker with systematically chaotic compositions. It was recorded over a period of time in different locations with the same goal - to produce raw and fucked up sounding tracks that trip the listener up at every turn. I'd say there were plenty of surprises here but that's not strictly the case. Sure, there's lots of interesting sounds contained within and the way they've been constructed and presented is often very clever but it's still just a bunch of tones and drones doing their own idiosyncratic thing in their own idiosyncratic time. It reminds me of the tone variations used in Star Trek (and any other intergalactic vessel) to sonically differentiate the sound of one part of the ship from another. On headphones it's particularly disoriented due to Bettis's fascination for stereo panning. 'Urgency Renewal' is a twenty track, hour long workout in digital electronic manipulation. If you like stuff like that then you're gonna like this. Props to Don't Trust The Rain for putting the title and artist on the sleeve so we can tell which release this is. Been having some reet filing issues of late.
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