8/10 Mike Staff review, 25 April 2012
This is the first I've heard of NZ ambient bod Peter Wright but apparently his last release was a mammoth 2CD thing so I guess this time he's easing up a little on the quantity, offering up a single LP with nearly 40 minutes of densely layered tonal concrete and drone. Field recordings and eerie rumbles are overlaid with flat whistles and muffled, unsourceable tones. Side A has two long tracks. The opener is a swirling, disorienting soup of mixed up tones - some smooth, some harsher and more scraping - that sweeps you along quite nicely, then in the second there are vocal drones in the forefront. Flip it and there's a single lengthy piece called 'Gravity' with murky undulating synths and bassy ripples over a soft, hissy rumble. It's very gentle and listenable, easily blending in to the background, but also quite sinister and awkward as it lumbers twitchily along with a steadily mounting sense of paranoia brought on by a crescendo of scratchy high tones like a swarm of digital insects. There's melodies trapped in there somewhere but they're so crunched up and scrambled that it's hard to make sense of them, but everything sounds concordant and has an almost cleansing cosmic feel despite the twitchy paranoid vibes. This side is kind of reminding me of the Rain Drinkers, actually, but with more of a dark ambient electronic undercurrent rather than their warm organic feel. Absorbing and densely layered weirdness.
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