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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 05 September 2012
Here’s a split LP from prolific dark electronic noise weirdo and NNCK founder Pat ‘Decimus’ Murano, whose hard-to-come-by releases increasingly sell out as fast as we can stock them, and a man I’m not familiar with yet, Ian ‘Hobo Sonn’ Murphy. It's in a nice screenprinted sleeve and has one track by the former and two by the latter.
Starting with the Hobo Sonn side, which opens with jarring cosmic almost M.B.-esque pure-toned electronics with uncomfortable high-pitched tones, scrambled buzzing and ominous bass swells. It’s an otherworldly but fairly uncomfortable listening experience, to the point where it has prompted Phil to suggest that we start reviewing on headphones so we don’t bum each other out with these dread-laden ambient/noise platters we get so many of. It’s not totally overbearing all the time, though, and once that’s out of the way there’s some moments of calming barely-there crunch’n’flutter before we head into a landscape of soft-focus bass drones and disjointed echoing squeaks which is a much more relaxing kind of sinister.
And on to Murano’s side, which contains a single long track ‘Apathia’, which opens with gently swelling cosmic drones offset by some organic sounding background flutter. That’s joined by a slow ebbing bass pulse and some higher pitched squeak-drones which build brightly and wane over the sensuous syrupy dark ambient murk in Decimus’s well-developed relaxo-creep style. I wish I had got my pipe on before playing this. Soon we drift into an otherworldly industrial loopscape with buzzy, clanking mid-bass and a clicky high-pitched pulse which then takes the fore over some spacious Sun Araw-esque minimal dub scramble before drifting into some soothing dark ambient murk and closing on some sonorously throbbing minimal hi-drones. The slow-morphing soul-scratching creepazoid bong-muck he makes sometimes reminds me of a more stoned and paranoid take on Haxan Cloak’s powerful doom-laden electro-drift. I’m still yet to hear anything from Decimus that hasn’t impressed.
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