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Well, when I first started spinning this record I thought I was in for a long and uncomfortable ride, since it starts with an almost concretey intermittent static noise and little else, but then that was joined by a fast, regular cymbal to create a rhythmic structure as drones and creaks are gradually layered on top, to be joined by pulsing sub-bass drum beats and electrical howls as the fast and frantic cymbal beats become more intricate. You'd think this'd be a pretty dark and disturbing listen but there's something about it that's really comforting. It's like the music you make in your head out of the sounds around you has somehow crystallised and come to life. The second track centres around a churning, rumbling, overdriven bass drone that becomes a little queasy, but then it's followed by the tribal churning drums and sparse electric guitar buried under a haze of fuzz and reverb that rumble away steadily and calmly on the title track. The second side centres a little more around the industrial-sounding drones of that second track, but they're given more space here to morph and develop and there's a constant barrage of curious tones over the top which I presume have been field recorded about the place by these two, or are being electronically generated, or probably both I guess. Either way for a record this experimental it's not only absorbing and engaging intellectually but also a surprisingly enjoyable listen that tone enthusiasts are gonna lap up.
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