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Glottalstop is the latest project from Petrels' Oliver Barrett, and quite possibly the weirdest record I've heard so far this week. The bulk of the sounds here are sourced from a 20-year-old collection of tape recordings, but they're collaged together into a dense, muddy fog of slowed-down sounds. Over the top of this are some sparse but effective cello and electronics. It can be very hard to tel ...

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Ltd LP on Tartaruga. Edition of 200 copies in screen-printed/ sewn sleeves.

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7/10 Mike Staff review, 30 January 2014

Glottalstop is the latest project from Petrels' Oliver Barrett, and quite possibly the weirdest record I've heard so far this week. The bulk of the sounds here are sourced from a 20-year-old collection of tape recordings, but they're collaged together into a dense, muddy fog of slowed-down sounds. Over the top of this are some sparse but effective cello and electronics.

It can be very hard to tell where the electronics end and where the tape begins. Is that squeaky sound the cello, the tapes or the electronics? Sometimes I think I can hear monsters slobbering and fighting in the distance. It's an incredibly ominous soup, I certainly wouldn't want to listen to it on my own late at night. It's a very dense and difficult record, a murky cauldron of smoky bleakness and indistinct threat. There's no real melodic focus to the passages, the emphasis is always on the uncomfortably layered textures and grating industrial foreboding.

If 40 minutes of bad vibes without any tunes is your idea of a good time then you will love it, but the average pop fan should exercise caution when listening to records this blackened and impenetrable.


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