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9/10 Mike Staff review, 08 May 2014
Hope you're feeling cosmic. Emerald John Elliott is back this week with a new 12" from his Outer Space duo with two tracks which both clock in well over the 10 minute mark. They're very different pieces of deep space ambience, with side A being light and uplifting and side B being weighty and ominous.
Starting out, then, we have 'Arrival and Assessment', which opens with a stumblingly pulsating bassline which cleverly shifts into focus when the multi-layered beat starts to build and sleepy drone melodies and subtle phasing caress a kind of mechanical urgency out of the sound. The relentless bassline gets variously echoed and distorted and clipped while maintaining the pulsing melodic focus of the track as celestial drones and outer space squiggles sneak around the periphery. It's quite busy and fast-paced and the tones are at times quite harsh and distorted and yet the cosmic bliss-out vibes are ever present.
Over on the yang side is 'Crixa/5925', a cryptic and strangely formal title...perhaps this is where you go once you've arrived and been assessed. Things are very different here. It's a bleak, beatless dronescape full of whooshing solar winds, squeaking discordant howls, booming foghorn rumbles, tectonic plate gratings and glacial echoed honks of what I think is a treated guitar sound. It's a scary John Carpenter-meets-Decimus bleak-out that falls very much into the dark ambient bracket.
Interesting stuff, both good pieces, both wildly different.
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