9/10 Mike Staff review, 05 November 2013
Oh nice! I’d heard that this was happening so it’s a pleasure to see the finished article plonked in my review pile. Safiyya is the remarkable combination of two of your favourite prolific and mind-bending minimal dark ambient arty types; in the red corner we’ve got Brad Rose aka The North Sea (not to be confused with Franz Ferdinand’s recent alias, indie kids) and in the blue corner there’s NNCK’s Pat Murano aka Decimus.
Both those who are familiar with the previous work of these two mavericks (particularly the last couple of Decimus LPs) and those who have read the press release will have an idea of what to expect here - dark, ritualistic music full of twisted, broken electronics, twitching, bleeping synths and layers of treated organic sounds; a bloated, throbbing, tactile soundscape of dystopian bleak-vibes; a velvety soup of smudged spook-synths and throbbing dread-drones...it’s the twinkling, twitching deep space drift of HAL 9000’s digital nightmares, a greasily shimmering globule of quivering soundmass which’ll pull your head and feet in opposite directions and leave you confused and stunned. Totally hypnotic, relentlessly dark, and yet an absolutely involving and - dare I say it - entertaining 40 minutes. This is turning out to be an expensive week!
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