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After an impressive debut LP of playful darkness on Decimus’s own Kelippah imprint, No-Necking trio Pat Murano, Jason Meagher and Dave Shuford have teamed up once more as Les Conversions for another go, this time on the ever-excellent Holidays Records. The press release is telling me that “As in previous NNCK and Decimus works there's a lot of buzzing drones and flickering electronics, just less haunting and more tripping”, which sounds right up my street.
It certainly is trippy right from the start, too, opening with a strange chopped speech sample before drifting into a muggy soundscape of eastern drones and pronounced tinkles and twangs. It settles down pretty fast and is strangely sleepy and heat-hazey, particularly effective in the lengthy ‘Chronic Antagonism’ which takes Sun Araw-ish post-dub minimalism and tweaks it through a dark ambient filter with distant, processed voices and incoherent sonic squiggles.
As the record goes on you can make out the occasional bit of guitar or vocals or synth but generally these are blurry, decayed loopscapes with a strange familiar warmth to them which sets them apart from your average dark ambient record. I think it’s totally listenable, but Li’l Biz’s anger levels are going through the roof so I’m going to have to turn it off now for general office mental health reasons. If you like Decimus’s brand of spooky weirdness you’ll be into this.
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