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1 review »The press release for this LP claims that the two longform pieces of analogue synth-laden dark ambience was in fact, and I quote, “sourced from a box of cassettes found at a market in Port Moresby”, and was “thought to be recorded by a group of Christian missionaries prior to their unexplained disappearance during the 1980s”. Spooky. Other sources, meanwhile, claim that thi ... »

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The press release for this LP claims that the two longform pieces of analogue synth-laden dark ambience was in fact, and I quote, “sourced from a box of cassettes found at a market in Port Moresby”, and was “thought to be recorded by a group of Christian missionaries prior to their unexplained disappearance during the 1980s”. Spooky. Other sources, meanwhile, claim that this may or may not be the work of a certain Dominick “Vatican ‘Prurient’ Shadow” Fernow, but who can really know for sure?

Whoever has made this record, one thing I know is that there’s lots of very slow-moving analogue drones and shudders and plenty of silence, making for an uneasy ride through chilly minimal synthscapes which fall somewhere between the awkward analogue darkness of Nate Young’s solo work and the frosty dystopian Dredd-dread of Salisbury/Barrow’s ‘Drokk’ project. The first side has lots of slow swells like an evil, robotic Stars of the Lid, while on the other side field recordings of a rain storm take the fore alongside murky post-industrial creaks and shudders for a more varied and narrative creepathon. This one is for people who like their records very dark and very slow.


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