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- Split EP by Annelies Monsere / Circle Bros
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 20 November 2012
Here’s a mega-limited (100 only!) split 7” from a couple of seasoned Belgian experimentalists, Annelies Monsere and Morc Records dude Wim “Circle Bros” Lecluyse, which came about after the two had been cohabiting for a decade and noticed that their music was developing certain similarities, in no small part because they were now able to borrow each other’s equipment when making it - in fact there’s even a note on the sleeve listing which equipment was borrowed from whom!
Annelies’s contribution here is an affecting bit of spook-pop with mystical synths and hushed, chant-like vocals underpinned by a constant drone and with some occasional sinister Carpentery arpeggios. It’s wibbly and ethereal and smoky and always just too far away to grab. I can’t figure out if it plays on 33 or 45...I thought it was 45 but now I turn the record over the other side is clearly supposed to play at 33, so, you know, what I said but a bit slower. Either that or Lecluyse sounds like a chipmunk.Anyway, on the Circle Bros side there’s two tracks. The first is some whispery barely-there guitar-and-voice misery that makes Low seem like a party band. Think S ND Y P RL RS or Grouper or something but quieter and sadder. Then after that he switches to piano for a beautiful bit of blurred minimal tinkling in closer ‘Blue Carpet’ which is joined by a distant xylophone to good effect towards the end. It’s like Dakota Suite on downers. Very pretty but not a cheery listen.
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