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This unusual double LP release on alt.vinyl is heavy. As in literally heavy: each copy, constructed from rust-scarred steel and fire-damaged fabric, weighs about two kilograms. The music, crafted in Newcastle by :zoviet*france and Illinois by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, is likely to be as mysterious and as special as the packaging.

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  • / Ltd 180g vinyl 2LP on alt.vinyl housed in hand folded laser etched 0.9 m distressed steel sleeves. CONTACT FOR OVERSEAS SHIPPING COSTS AS THIS WEIGHS THE SAME AS A SMALL CAR.

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Patina Pooling by :zoviet*france: & Fossil Aerosol Mining Project 1 review. Add your own review. 9/10
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9/10 Staff review, 25 November 2014

‘Patina Pooling’ wants to weigh you down. This ambient clusterfuck is a heavy and dirty mass, collected in a hefty piece of rusted steel that will turn your hands to soot. You’ll probably get your fingers trapped between the sleeves as you try to pry it open. It feels like an insistent and somewhat sinister statement to make, as if :zoviet*france and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project would rather their record was only heard by those who can endure traps and bruises and come out the other side just as curious, who will raise their eyes at a Do Not Enter sign and walk right past it. For those who want to receive a piece of scrap metal in the post. For all you endeavouring bastards who want to hear everything -- even this secret little record.

Newcastle’s :zoviet*france and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project are both rising ambient collectives with uncompromising ideals and gloriously skewed musical perspectives, and ‘Patina Pooling’ is a fantastic sample of both worlds: the soundscapes the acts have crafted feel anonymous and terrestrial, serving as a reminder that soundscapes aren’t safe havens. The shimmering sounds that are sustained around the record’s corners are constantly shattered, either cut up with broken down glitches or interrupted by field recordings of the natural world -- whether it’s the sound of a conversation happening in medias res, a pot being rung or a voice being run through a vocoder. As with C L E A N E R S’ record earlier this year, ‘Patina Pooling’ feels indebted to the transient nature of plunderplonics, only focusing on sounds to show them as they exist in the world: no matter how long they live for, they pass us by in a moment. ‘Patina Pooling’ kinda feels like an abstract, droning version of Animal Collective’s ‘Centipede HZ’: it’s buried deep in the soil where all life is moving and struggling and enduring, and so the sound is a chaotic, clamouring mess -- but the sky is always over head.

It helps that ‘Patina Pooling’ is also constantly beautiful, returning to moments of ambient bliss whenever the muk gets too much, taking short motifs and letting them rock back and forth like a beatless metronome (such as on the cunningly lo-fi beginning of the record’s third side, which mixes a traditional drone with what sounds like water being poured out from a bucket). It’s a record that exists the way a secret garden might: you know in your heart it’s there, but you’ll never find it. :zoviet*france and Fossil Aerosol Mining Project have put a lot of work into creating different sound perspectives, here, invoking foreground with some sounds and background with others, but also all the gradations that happen in between. Moments of ‘Patina Pooling’ are processed to sound as faraway as we, the listeners, are from these movements, while others feel violent and upfront. It’s a real sound adventure: you try your hardest to make sense of it, and all you’re rewarded with is a mysterious, ever expanding world. Fuck, I hated the ending of LOST.


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