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8/10 Mike Staff review, 10 January 2013
This very limited LP on Trensmat is from A.M, aka New Zealander Antony Milton, who has constructed seven cacophonous passages of hypnotic dark ambient noise with guitar, effects, oscillators, a loop station, sk1 keyboard, synth and vocals. What results is a densely layered wash of sound with a slow-pulsing backbone and a vaguely melodic bent, with the occasional guitar, vocal or synth detail poking up from the morass of jumbled, dense sound.
Despite being quite noisy, there’s something strangely soothing and hypnotic about the slowly shifting cycles of drone and scree. When he does take things down to something resembling a song in ‘All My Signs’, with a much clearer sense of melody and structure than previously displayed, it’s a marvellously blown-out concoction which all but buries its cooing vocals and metronomic bass in ever expanding circles of wah-guitar abuse and static mess. Very effective.
On the other side, the lengthy ‘Dom. Bliss’ pairs the most euphoric melodies yet with some blaring, broken, blown-out tones for an uplifting Fuck Buttonsy blast of sonic debris, before interlude ‘Spacer’ and then another lengthy piece, ‘Frenzied Flash’, which sounds like a rock band playing some clattering early SY-esque repeato noise rock that’s been recorded on a Fisher Price boombox. Distorted, fuzzy, screechy and relentless, it does build nicely with some deathly howls and cyclic trebly melodies. It’s cacophonous stuff and a bit of a mixed bag but it’s never dreadful and ‘All My Signs’ and ‘Dom. Bliss’ in particular are excellent.
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