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- Andøya by Eric Holm
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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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