Australian native Tim Catlin and Machinefabriek, aka Dutch sound artist and musician Rutger Zuydervelt have collaborated for the third time to bring Whorls into the world. Whorls is an effervescent and captivating collection of droning guitar and ambient soundscapes.
Whorls is available on heavyweight vinyl LP on Low Point.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 10 April 2015
Here is the world’s third Whorl album, what an accolade. It is only in a world where so many people are talking (mostly bull) that a single word can actually stand out as much as this, but clearly it’s having some kind of inspiring effect on the modern elektronique artiste. Maybe everybody got bored of whirl.
Anyway, it’s all just words. So on to the music, which finds Norman favourite and electronic dialmonger Machinefabriek teaming up with Tim Catlin in a sort of transatlantic ‘special relationship’ that doesn’t involve immoral extradition. Instead, it focuses heavily on immoral use of the computer as a digital audio ransacker, harnessing everything from whirring loops to atonal chord shapes and pointillist Laurie Spiegel synth-like patterns.
Apparently it’s all made using guitars, but the only glimpse of what yer dad thinks of as a ‘guitar’ comes on the last track of side 1, a calming autumnal drone that you might find in between cheezy glitch tunes on a Flashbulb album. As this is their 3rd record together, they’ve found a defined sound that turns non-cheez glitch into chilled studies rather than frantic breaks, retaining a lot of the melody of the guitar and various fret noises etc. but all completely removed from the origins of the instrument - velvety guitars pushed into digital saturation.
Circular music for breaking minds.
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