The press release, such as it is, i.e one sentence with misspellings all over the place describes this as a record of "analogue black acid magic". It sure is pulsy. These Swedish veterans perform a deep dark slice of kraut-driven techno which is both emotive and hypnotic. Four tracks in all, dark as a coven.
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Hanging mainly under the cusp of the 100 bpm threshold, this slow, sultry set from Swedish trio Frak evokes a similar feeling to that of navigating your way around a masquerade ball under heavy anaesthesia. The sound is pared down, taut and rubbery with insistent analogue oscillations creating a throbbing, claustrophobic atmosphere that places you somewhere in the liminal space between the black strobes of a doom-laden Gaspar Noé sequence.
The ambience is very much of the kind I might expect should I ever find myself 7000 feet below sea-level, wondering how I possibly came to be stranded on an abandoned submarine that has started to crumple up beneath tons of hydrostatic pressure. The relentless, cyclic drones conjure up images of sweeping sonar screens; never changing in tempo but nonetheless indicative of someone or something closing in, slowly but surely. Meanwhile fingertips drum on metal, wire brushes scape and swish, knuckles pop out of joint and the air starts to thin, which makes your palms sweat and your eyes bulge a bit because you’ve gone all panicky.
If you’re the kind of person that likes to bump some ketamine and see how long they can hold their breath underwater in the bath whilst playing their Audion and Mathew Jonson records at half speed, then this is the whacked-out sub-aquatic nightmare you’ve been waiting for.
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