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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 21 November 2012
Sound artist Mike Shiflet seems to have had releases by a whole load of big hitters in the past, including Type and Digitalis, and now it’s the turn of trusty ol’ Under The Spire to drop an LP of his twitchy otherworldly dronescapes. According to the sleeve he’s providing guitar, computer, noise generators, field recordings and effects, and some friends chip in with viola, modular synth and lap steel at various points too.Sometimes he makes a quiet noise, sometimes a slightly louder noise, sometimes it’s droney, sometimes a bit more chaotic, always with quite an organic, human feel. There’s a lot of treble and it does get quite screechy in places and on this grey, grim day in the office it’s not much of a morale booster, but in the right circumstances I’d imagine it’s quite a transportational and absorbing listen. My favourite parts are where he eases off the relentless noise scree such as the smoothly throbbing drones and rare moments of melody of ‘False Flats’. If you’re into your sound art this is another diverse and accomplished effort from Shiflet.
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