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One of my favourite ever bands, Norsk-psych chameleons Motorpsycho, once brought out an album called ‘It’s A Love Cult’ and I have my “fingers crossed” that this is going to sound like them, but upon a couple of moments’ listening it’s clear that won’t be happening for me today, with the record starting with a short drone which starts changing spee ...

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 23 November 2012

One of my favourite ever bands, Norsk-psych chameleons Motorpsycho, once brought out an album called ‘It’s A Love Cult’ and I have my “fingers crossed” that this is going to sound like them, but upon a couple of moments’ listening it’s clear that won’t be happening for me today, with the record starting with a short drone which starts changing speed wildly and disconcertingly before we’re swept into a desolate landscape of weird crackly looped field recordings, industrial groans and creaks, distant bubbling-swamp bloops and all manner of drone, crackle and decay.

It’s uneasy dark ambience but it’s never too intense or oppressive, instead opting for a slow paced dread-drift of haunted, scraping tension. If you found a box that was making this noise, you would not want to open it and find out what was inside. At some points it does become a bit more melodic, with deep organ drones and ethereal sighing female voices droning a bit higher and forming some gorgeous little chord shapes while they’re at it on the lengthy title track, which eventually sees some sparse, echoed techno beats added as the smooth textures are slowly overtaken by a gradually thickening wall of noise-scree.

In fact on the second side things continue on this slow-drifting melodic tip, like Dead Can Dance mashed off their tits on ketamine, or a more sensible description would be like Decimus gone a bit dronier and more organic. It’s densely layered, thoroughly absorbing stuff, though, and it’s sending me into a bit of a hypno-trance, only to blast me out of it every now and again with a little bit of confusing chaos before dropping me straight back into my drone reverie. As far as dark ambience goes, this is classy and accomplished stuff which will soothe and chill in equal measure when you’re blasting it through your headphones in the middle of a dark, sleepless night.


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