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- Red Night by TVO
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This is a really mysterious thing. I opened it up and all sorts of gubbins fell out...a download card, some kinda label ident card, a fragment that’s been chopped out of a book and scrawled on in black marker, a little “drug baggie” full of postage stamps from the fictional locations named in the track titles, a card with a list of equipment and tracks and thanks and stuff, and then the tape cover itself has a little blurb on the inside to get us up to speed on the psychogeography of William S. Burroughs’s six Cities of the Red Night on which this album is based.
Honestly it’s taken me almost the length of the tape just to figure out what’s going on here. TVO, the alias of Ruaridh Law, is in the process of putting out a trilogy of albums which correspond to Burroughs’s final trilogy of novels. What has resulted is a load of Blade Runner-esque retro-futurist dark ambience which creaks and drips and shudders its way into your subconscious for an immersive experience that is shrouded in paranoid cosmic mystery and spacious contemplative spooked vibes.
There’s buried microrhythms and plaintive synth groans taking you into shady alleyways and shooting you speeding across unpredictable plains. Low pitched minimal synth paired with intermittent swishing and breathy rumbles and muddy pulses painting pictures of places where nothing is what it appears to be. Some mightily impressive, carefully paced sound design/dark ambience here. I’ll be fascinated to hear what the next instalment has in store!
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