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Aaron Dilloway's alter-ego Spine Scavenger has this new sexily packaged LP on Cylindrical Habitant Modules. Well, I say new, it was released as a cassette in '07 and has just now finally made its way onto vinyl, which should be some indicator that it's actually pretty decent because otherwise they wouldn't bother, right? Now what else I've heard of Dilloway's work has been quite noisy and confrontationally weird, but on this he's using synthesiser and tape fx to carve out quite involving and enjoyable passages of dark ambience, with awkward loops throwing out snatches of congealing melodies punctuated with sputters and crackles, sometimes deliberate raspy lo-fi peaking out. It's hypnotic loopy fun; somewhat too lively and involving to really be ambient, too awkward to be cosmic, too musical for a straight-up experimental chunterfest...towards the end of the first side it's a swirling, thickly layered mess of synthetic tones and head-nodding repetition. The flip side is a little more challenging though. The first track seems to be replicating the car noises from early computer games in quite shrill and minimal fashion, leaving behind the short-loop layering of the first side, and then the final track heads into Decimus-style crackling dark ambient malevolence to excellent effect, sounding the soundtrack to running through nightmarish train tunnels on acid, with it building to a kind of Mouthus-esque crescendo of screeching, repetitive, abrasive cycles before stopping abruptly. Excellent outsider weirdness here from the Dillmeister.
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