‘Olympic Mess’ is the follow-up album to 2014’s ‘The Hollow Organ’ from Helm. Inspired by dub techno, Balearic disco and loop based industrial sounds, Younger has composed ten euphoric soundscapes using a variety of heavily manipulated samples, found sounds and electroacoustics, informed by the hypnotic potential of these influences.
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- Olympic Mess by Helm
8/10 Ant Staff review, 19 June 2015
I suppose Luke Younger’s second album for PAN could be described as a mess. The mess inside a man’s head as he tries to make sense of his existence amongst the chaos and trials of life. As the album progresses, slowly things feel less lost and lonely and move into a more positive rational zone where things seem to become clearer and more linear. Whereas I would say ‘Impossible Symmetry’ was perhaps an outward projection, ‘Olympic Mess’ feels like an intimate look inside, coming across as a deeply personal piece of work.
Generally speaking I’d say the record’s a lot warmer, even soulful sounding than previous Helm output, with clouds of gaseous ambient smudged with spooked dub techno loops creeping into the electroacoustic/ musique concrete brew like that fantasy Bernard Parmegiani and GAS record on Chain Reaction you’ve always dreamed of. It’s a weird album in the sense that some elements are pretty standard, tried and tested. Yet contrasted with odd processed field recordings and acousmatic sounds, they seem to feel more alien and otherworldly resulting in an album perfect for getting lost in during the small hours.
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