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- Spindle & The Bregnut Tree by IX Tab
9/10 Brian Staff review, 21 December 2012
I’ve listened to this dense mass of sparky ideas three times now and I’m still stumped as to what to compare it to. Which means it must be ace if it’s beyond comparison. The Hacker Farm collective had a wonderful spread featured in last Month’s Wire which I read on the train to Wolverhampton a couple of weeks ago. It was so intriguing, not to mention inspirational - I was itching to hear some sounds produced by any of the guys involved. IX TAB is associated with this Somerset-based loose bunch of old heads/ravers/”rural industrialists” (a most fitting term for this music) and ‘Spindle & the Bregnut Tree’ is his debut album proper.
If a mix of creaky, cosmic TG/NWW electronic/industrial weirdness, the aural discharge of organic, home constructed musical devices, sinister manipulated vocal samples and brittle acoustic paganism is sounding like your bag then you better get on the case pronto.
There’s disjointed melodies, creeped-out disembodied samples, supremely strange synth lines, sleepy off-kilter rhythms, android glitch and myriad startling textures to be found amongst the twelve tracks here. It’s an indescribable brew but surprisingly accessible too which is, of course, what the majority of us desire. Something exotically and strange but simultaneously listenable. I sat there thinking about this chap last night, sat there during the twilight hours fiddling with his plethora of curious gizmos and thought “Fuck writing about this, I want to make music like this!” Then I promptly fell asleep whilst trying to watch The Beyond.
Words cannot particularly compensate for the range of fantastic sounds going off on this CD. It is informed and inspired by industrial, post-rave, ambient, folk and sampledelic cultures and is a complete bargain for a what is a full album brimful with originality. Watch out for more Hacker Farm-related activity in the new year, we will be stocking what we can get our hands on by these enigmatic creatures.
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