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Here’s the long-awaited new album from Matt “Skullflower” Bower’s Sunroof!, or Black Sun Roof as they/he are/is calling them/himselves/self this time round, and it comes with a bonus 12-song CD from Bower (well it’s marked “MB” so I guess it’s either him or Maurizio Bianchi) that I’ve not listened to...just checked the press release and apparently it’s a self-compiled 75-minute overview of his work including some hard-to-find material so that’s a nice bonus isn’t it! There are some moderately gross pictures on the back sleeve as a bonus treat too.
Anyway, when I get to the album itself it’s creaking, groaning dark industrial ambience of a very noisy nature, with lots of ear-splintering screeching and buzzing and clanging very much to the fore, but listen further and allow your ears to adjust to the cacophony and you’ll find delicate, slow repeated melodies afloat on a deep drone drift. It’s like the sound of a train screeching to a halt inside an ironworks, somehow harnessed as a musical instrument in its own right. I think they’re actually using guitars though.
After a while of this information overload it all becomes quite blurry and relaxing and even melodic, whilst still being intense, alien and strangely terrifying in its relentless force. Turn it up loud enough and it’s probably like staring into the face of god. Ant would be creaming himself over this if he was here, you know what he’s like.
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