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I’m about to clear out my shed. If I set up my tape recorder whilst I do it then I’m sure I will come up with a sound very similar to the first track on this CD. It’s basically the sound of a man in an iron outbuilding moving bits of sheet metal around. Horrid. The second track contains shards of splintered electronics married with doom laden piano chords and eerie saw like drones.
Chris Abrahams is one third (I think) of The Necks, an Australian semi-improv group whose work contains flashes of divine inspiration. This is his third release for Room 40 and if you like your ambience tortured, tattered and way out of left field, you have come to the right place. The third track starts with a distant helicopter blade’s churn but is soon joined by all manner of scrapes and squeaks, whistles and hums and then out of nowhere some scattershot piano playing which sounds completely at odds with the rest of the music yet somehow works in a really unusual disconnected way. It is, of course, completely out there and I’ve found it an almost impossible listen but there is no denying it’s the work of an inquisitive sound sorcerer and those with a finer ear for the more challenging, clattering soundscapes will find much to enjoy.
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