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- Silencer by Helm
9/10 Ant Staff review, 06 September 2013
Luke Younger follows up his excellent PAN debut album ‘Impossible Symmetry’ with his second release for the label. Here we have four trips further into darkened zones with the ‘Silencer’ white vinyl 12” in screen-printed PVC sleeve. Kicking off with with the downer tribalism of the title track coming across like the blackened zones of Raime or a Cut Hands ketamine nightmare. At the dinner table last night my youngest child was eating noodles and was pretending he was eating worms. This prompted my daughter to declare she was eating her own brains. It got me wondering what is the technical term for eating oneself, and it turns out it is called self-cannibalism. This could well be the soundtrack to such an activity.
After the opening intensity we lull into the spectral drones and sweeping electronic wind of ‘Mirrored Palms’ which lies somewhere between Thomas Köner and Kevin Drumm with a simple sparse kick drum pulse guiding into an endless void.
‘Bergama’ makes me imagine some Indiana Jones type nightmare scenario where I’m trapped in a cave in total darkness, the walls dripping and the sound of a giant spider army approaching with no escape. Real bad vibes, but we all know bad means good right?
Closer ‘The Haze’ has manic electronic ticks and slow pounding drums making me imagine a missionary floating along the Congo slowly seeing “savages” appearing in the trees. Some of them are hungry.
I don’t get out much these days but I shall be coming out of the woodwork for the forthcoming Helm appearance in Leeds with Cut Hands and Oneohtrix Point Never. I’ll be wearing a toga and a ski mask so feel free to come and say hello.
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