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- Presents... Dwellings & Druss by GNOD
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I just reviewed an ambient record by Dirty Beaches, and now I’ve got a bit of dark techno from Gnod, I’m starting to feel like I’m in some kind of alternate universe, although to be fair Gnod’s last offering on that split with Shit & Shine was more than hinting at a bit of a techno direction. Actually if you investigate a little more closely you’ll see that this isn’t Gnod, but “Gnod presents...”, with two tracks by Dwellings and one by Druss, which I presume are stripped down versions of the Gnod collective. This ain’t psych rock dude, this is dark techno music, heavily influenced by early experiments from Detroit and Berlin; highly repetitive, minimal and dark, with swelling synth panic-pulses, metronomic bass kicks and hypnotic little details.
The press release describes it as “negatively euphoric” which I get. It’s dark and brooding throughout but the way it’s constructed and the slow-building pulses still give out that same feeling of psychedelic uplift, particularly towards the end of the Druss track which closes the first side. On the flip there’s a single very lengthy Dwellings cut with a thin, muffled snare flapping around over pulsing bass and patient synth, which morphs and drifts in all sorts of weird directions with loads of crazy phasing and filtering and little flickering details. There’s a section towards the end which is well ‘Terminator’. Quite invigorating and impressively constructed, but I hope this doesn’t mean they’ve left the riffs behind altogether!
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