LP £15.99 PI120
LP on Posh Isolation inc. Street Drinkers, Kallaarbarnen, Croation Amor, Marching Church, Var, Sand Circles etc.
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8/10 Dan John Customer review, 25th April 2014
This compilation brings together a selection of grimy, lo-fi music that serves as an excellent introduction to the roster and aesthetic of the label. Dark tracks of foreboding, anguish, despair and nihilism are counterbalanced with moments of tranquil beauty. Influences such as post-punk, ambient, early industrial, noise and minimal wave are the main building blocks, with the minimal production giving the tracks their air of timelessness. Probably my favourite track ‘Continuity’ by ‘Sand Circles’ has a strong Twin Peaks meets John Carpenter vibe; a repeating synth line meanders along, sad synth drones occasionally drift in and out all whilst a firm beat slowly drives through it all. The opening track ‘Break The Surface’ sounds like a rough, f***ed-up take on Joy Division, which is only a good thing. Immediately after ‘Triumf’ by ‘Källarbarnen’ is the most traditional noise track, all electronic mess and distant vocals. I’m pretty bored of the extreme noise sound and I think Posh Isolation sit in the interesting intersection between various genres, taking notes from extreme noise but moving into odder territory. The track ‘Sex Dwarf (Cover)’ is an excellent case-in-point, it is understated and disturbing, with high-pitched squeals throughout, but doesn’t feel like a tiring test of endurance to listen to. Maybe the difference between the modern torture-porn genres and actually suspenseful, scary movies could be a laboured metaphor here. I’m no noise music expert though (and to be accurate only 3 of the 10 tracks could really be described as “noise”), so I’ll just say this is an excellent compilation album, creepy, odd, with all the tracks fitting together without being too similar. The perfect balance for a good compilation really. Most of the tracks are easy to listen to and are actually quite moving and emotional. The artwork is cool, the packaging nice and the pressing excellent. An album to listen to on a dreary morning whilst staring out the window at the rain.
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