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Had no idea idea what to expect from this other than the fact that the band are named after a character in a Thomas Pynchon novel and have been described as a ‘drone duo’. Sure enough, with the first track, drone is what you get- a solid, unwavering one out of which strummed guitar and delayed whispers gradually rise to the surface, reminding me of the slow motion build-ups of Body Lov ...

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Naval Reserve by Fausto Maijstral
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8/10 Jim Staff review, 13 August 2014

Had no idea idea what to expect from this other than the fact that the band are named after a character in a Thomas Pynchon novel and have been described as a ‘drone duo’. Sure enough, with the first track, drone is what you get- a solid, unwavering one out of which strummed guitar and delayed whispers gradually rise to the surface, reminding me of the slow motion build-ups of Body Lovers or some recent Swans stuff. By the second track things get more interesting, a deep subterranean rumble disperses to make way for a twangsome, reverb-laden guitar strumming sombre chords along with echoey murmurs, conveying cosmic loneliness. Then a distorted bass line shadows the guitar, building up into a churning mass of superheavy drumless space rock, not unlike Barn Owl at their most interstellar.

There’s even more aggressive droning on side B with feedback squalls and primal drumming before the haunting closer ‘Epitaphium’, with its repeated cycle of descending, slowly decaying notes creating an atmosphere of dense mystery; sounding to me like a darker, heavier Seefeel instrumental. And then the album finishes with the sound of a muezzin call to prayer amidst street traffic, conveying more cosmic loneliness.



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