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If the album cover for 'Low Fidelity Electronic Music' doesn't look quite there, it's because Rory Storm wasn't, either: during the making of the record, he was all blocked up, and struggling to hear things as a result of his flu. The result is that his techno is a little bit warped, a little bit loud and a little bit gruesome. Overall, though, 'Low Fidelity Electronic Music' continues the New Zealand artist's attempt to home record some odd little electronic tunes. 

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Low Fidelity Electronic Music by Rory Storm
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 27 August 2014

There's no possibility of a relaxing earl grey this afternoon - there is more broken music to be reviewed. Armed with a badly blocked ear due to a heavy flu infection, NZ based Rory Storm lives up to his name on a sextet of horribly brutalised industrial techno. I can't even try to figure out what these sounds once were, and it's a surprise that this much manipulation didn't result in an album full of pure noise (he managed to limit that to track 5). Yet each sound carves it's own distinct place in the mix, combining to resemble a pneumatic drill copulating with a landslide.

To be honest, if I had just had the flu, my first instinct would be closer to a nice warm bath than making an album of necro-noise-gabber, but that's probably why I haven't released a CD yet. It seems that channeling these extremes of mental state into music is a great way to summon creativity (even at the expense of recovery). We've already seen Venetian Snares (under the alias Last Step) head down that route by keeping himself up all night to finish 'Sleep', but the intensity present here totally eclipses that record. Get well soon, man.



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