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9/10 Ant Staff review, 19 October 2012
The latest emission from one of my favourite sound operators comes courtesy of Poland’s increasingly great Bocian label. This fine slab of wax contains two rather splendid tracks recorded between 2009-20012. The first of which ‘Repetative Algae’ utilizes source material recorded in 2007. What that source material was is undisclosed but the results sound like a large steel ball bearing rolling around inside a cement mixer creating a sort of disorientating hypnotic, churning rhythm over which Drumm lays down some colossal drones, weird clicks and scrapes and lots of gravelly grainy sounds. It also sounds a bit like a giant taking a massive slash into a big metal urinal adorned with contact mics. It’s got a super unnerving and creepy edge to it. Exactly what you don’t want to hear right before a panic attack. There are some high pitched frequencies too that sound like demented birds squawking about as the cement mixer changes gear and slows right down creating huge gurgling sounds that sound like a T-Rex with a bad case of indigestion. It also features Russell Haswell doing some “Spectral editing and time domain consultation”. This had me right in from the beginning and wouldn’t let go 'til the run-out groove. Absolutely superb stuff.
A quick flip reveals ‘Rediki’ which sounds like Drumm trying to wrench Keiji Haino’s guitar from his clutches as heard from three streets away. Then from the distance emerges a gargantuan hum which pushes right to the fore and throbs away in true speaker threatening sub-bass fashion. It then recedes and re-emerges filling the space with brain damaging low-end and cochlea exploding highs and then transforms into what sounds like an alien tractor beam bursting through the ceiling and into your home, then the contents of your house being sucked up into the spacecraft, the carpet, the fridge, the dog, the lot. The man means business. THEN things get even more intense, when I almost thought it wasn’t possible. THEN a load of wild distortion kicks reducing the lifespan of my ears by about five years.
Devastating sonics alert - Holy shit!!! Highly recommended.
Paul Lockett said:
Are you sure that this record contains "two rather splendid tracks recorded between 2009-20012" ?? That suggests that they took 18,000 years to write the music and the second track won't be available for a while yet!! ;-)
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