7/10 Mike Staff review, 23 May 2014
We've an LP of slow, subtle dark atmospheres here from Mesa Ritual, the duo of William Fowler Collins and Raven Chacon. Like many things I've had to review this week, this isn't for people who like "music" per se, rather a textural exploration of hiss and crackle and static and buried, wavering drones. Buy this album expecting pop songs and you have nothing but disappointment ahead of you. This is the kind of indistinct bleakness you might expect from labels like Utech or even Uroshima.
Here lie the crumbling remains of what used to be tones, drenched in analogue decay and radio interference, fluttering like a blustering wind against a clip-on microphone, seething like a pit full of scorpions. The two tracks on side B are a bit more understated, the first focusing on that wind-on-mic sound, the second grinding a shrill crescendo of mysterious industrial drones against a technoid throb for the majority of the side. Watch out, it's dark in there.
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