8/10 Phil Staff review, 31 May 2012
This two disc set has been in the works for six years now. Originally issued on Fungal (Darren Tate aka Monos’s label) in 2004 and then reissued in 2005...both in tiny editions which disappeared quickly and now time and patience have been brought into the mix and six years later we have an expanded two disc version. You get the album as it was originally released and the second disc is a reworking by Colin Potter (perhaps best known for his work in Nurse With Wound).
So there’s the background. I’ve never heard this guy before so with fresh ears I can hear it’s quite a departure for the Infraction label. Over the years they’ve consistently delivered some of the finest ambience known to man! This album is a bit more experimental with it largely being constructed by field recordings (of cities), vibrations in the air and guitar scrapings. I use guitar scrapings even though it says it in the press release as that’s exactly what it sounds like. There is no better way to describe the guitar sounds on this record!
It’s an atmospheric listen and from what I can gather this is improvised ambience which is an interesting take on the whole thing and with this in mind it does make the listening a richer experience. ‘Transformations’ is my favourite of the two tracks with its industrial hum, organ and birds twittering. Lovely! It’s also delightfully packaged in a thick mini LP gatefold sleeve in an edition of 700. Tasty!
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