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- Trespassers Guide To Nowhere by Night Shift
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 20 September 2012
We have two versions of this CD - a ”faux-rigami” pop up book of sorts, each hand-bound with unique antique book covers, and including hand printed/typed inserts, and pop-up pages made from the oversized sheets from a 100 year old handwritten ledger…all encased in a handmade/stamped black slip-case...and a digipak.
One is more expensive than the other, you choose. So this is a collaboration between the Russian trio Night Shift, and the main man behind my favorite Finnish band Ous Mal, Olli Aarni. I’ve heard of neither, but from the sounds of it, it’s the kind of electro acoustic mash-up favoured by the likes of Matmos, Fennesz and their contemporaries; it’s all found sounds skittering about the mix, tiny fragments of sound flitting in and out with wild abandon.
The breadth of sound sources used is fairly impressive - acoustic guitars, children, choirs, clapping, keyboards, whistles, trains, school chairs being dragged along the floor, music boxes, toys, 1970s train announcements, flexes, seagulls - it’s all there but it does have a real musicality to it, on certain tracks really weird vocals are brought in to spine tingling effect. ‘Ensign Song’ is simply gorgeous - it’s like a Welsh male voice choir singing over William Basinski by a stream. The album is full of little surprises like this, it’s a hotchpotch of ideas, excellently constructed with some real charming moments.
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