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1 review »London-based American electronic musician Eric Holm has a curious and immersive new LP out. He's recorded some sounds on a single contact mic on a telegraph pole on the arctic island of Andoya, and transformed this into a shivering bit of bunker techno full of muddy fluttering static and crunchy mechanical rhythmic loops. Initially it just seems like noise, a trembling, rumbling, amelodic grind, ... »

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Andøya by Eric Holm
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 04 April 2014

London-based American electronic musician Eric Holm has a curious and immersive new LP out. He's recorded some sounds on a single contact mic on a telegraph pole on the arctic island of Andoya, and transformed this into a shivering bit of bunker techno full of muddy fluttering static and crunchy mechanical rhythmic loops.

Initially it just seems like noise, a trembling, rumbling, amelodic grind, but attune yourself to his soundworld and you catch shuffling steps and trembling breaths and whirring motors, maybe a distant helicopter, the rumble of wind on mic. In places there's a kind of dubby trip-hop type smudginess to the rhythms that gives it a kind of Forest Swords-esque fevered minimal chill, but it's much less tuneful and more focused on building rhythms from these strange looped patchworks of texture.

It's an interesting concept and pretty well executed - cold, rhythmic and mysterious ambience. I feel like it's getting more techno as it goes along but I'm really not sure if that's just because I'm acclimatising to the weird patchwork of textures he's using.


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