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Sonic trailblazer Gordon "Cindytalk" Sharp returns this week with a new album. I know our Ant and Brian are both big fans of this guy's oddball noise experiments but this week it has fallen to me to try and decipher this weirdness. It's an uncompromising listen which drifts between harsh noise, dark ambience and minimal composition. The majority of the pieces here have some kind of rhythmic or mel ...

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Touched Raw, Kissed Sour by Cindytalk
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7/10 Mike Staff review, 22 May 2014
Sonic trailblazer Gordon "Cindytalk" Sharp returns this week with a new album. I know our Ant and Brian are both big fans of this guy's oddball noise experiments but this week it has fallen to me to try and decipher this weirdness. It's an uncompromising listen which drifts between harsh noise, dark ambience and minimal composition. The majority of the pieces here have some kind of rhythmic or melodic basis but these are often purposefully overpowered by crackling static washes, grating metallic drones and atmospheric field recordings.   The opening track 'Dancing on Ledges' is particularly challenging, a treacherous neon drone distorted into a flickering buzz and sustained for longer than is comfortable, but the listener brave enough to sustain that jarring introduction (or impatient enough to skip it) will find some more palatable Decimus-esque dread-drones and subtly layered sound design to get their teeth into soon enough. I'm particularly enjoying 'E Quindi Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle', full of dry, cold electronic beeps and deep space drones like the inner workings of a spaceship, but then there's tinkling bells and a subtle flapping, shuddering rhythm underlying it all like a distant steam train and giving it an organic physicality too, which becomes more prominent as the piece progresses.   In terms of sound design there's no denying that this chap has a Fennesz-like finesse, but music this challenging, uncompromising and stony-faced serious isn't for everyone.

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