CD £15.99 SADCD-002
Digipak CD on SaD.
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This collaborative CD heads full on into abstraction. Opener ‘II(2)’ (why can’t they title them properly?) is a series of eerie drones. The kind you’d find late at night on an industrial estate down the grimy back end of Birstall. III is some piano pluckings ‘neath a whistly squeak. ‘Low Bells’ is tumbling cavernous explosions of sound with the noise of someone or something tinkering. And on it goes. I listened to this earlier whilst acting like a prick on social media and it was like having a library CD of varying found sounds burbling away in the far corner of the room. You sort of get used to it being there yet no ear pleasure was gained at any point.
Track 4 (entitled ‘4’) is the most musical piece, a series of wooden chimes rattling in the wind on an eerie sickly hot summers afternoon. The comes the most beautiful thing on the album, the lovely closer ‘Budenmayer’ with its wave after wave of soft synths taking it off into blissful underwater ‘Selected Ambient Works’ beautified air or early BVDub’s rotating bliss dub. Its been a rocky ride, this one but it broke me eventually, the closing track is a beaut.
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