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This is ace! Phil has thrust a handful of tapes in my direction today, some new, some old, and instructed me to get reviewing. This one came in last September but we still have copies, which is strange for something this limited and Gnod-related. The Gnod half is Macarte, Alex P Macarte, who is joined by David McLean here for some quite varied dark ambient adventures. The semi-improvised passage ...

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Ltd tape + download on Tombed Visions Records in cool packaging. Edn of 50 copies (features guy from Gnod!).

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Invocation One by Macarte / McLean
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 13 February 2014

This is ace! Phil has thrust a handful of tapes in my direction today, some new, some old, and instructed me to get reviewing. This one came in last September but we still have copies, which is strange for something this limited and Gnod-related. The Gnod half is Macarte, Alex P Macarte, who is joined by David McLean here for some quite varied dark ambient adventures.

The semi-improvised passage of collaborative poststep drift takes you subtly from throbbing ambient darkness to submerged beaty euphoria offset by ghostly wails and Phil Collins tom sounds, cold dub-drone emptiness and broken analogue flutter, flickering run-out grooves and pulsating dread synths.

I’m particularly liking it when they head out into a bit of a John Carpenter/Pye Corner Audio sort of tip with a glassy, wibbling drone and booming subaquatic drum loop atop a slow-grinding rumble, and then some mournful sax comes in and I’m well and truly sold.

It’s dirty and claustrophobic but strangely uplifting, like a third-generation tape dub of an unreleased Forest Swords track. Good darkness.


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