All Tense Now Lax is a busy, tightly plotted work of tough-to-classify sound, piling up acoustic instruments, snatches of human voice, abstract electronics, field recordings and more, all deftly processed by Liberez main man John Hannon. Things get pretty intense. Released as CD or LP, on the Night School label.
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Well, which is it? Tense or Lax? Judging by the impending percussion and escarpments of noise currently ushering my ears to an early grave, I’d say the former is where this resides. Southend-on-Sea must be a horrible place to live if it inspires these abrasive emotions, but thank you for being so shit and birthing this into the world. Now go hide behind your Pier.
The silence between each track is filled with the sweet, pastoral tones of The Declining Winter’s latest, putting this album and the grand weirdness of Norman Records’ stock into perspective. Primordial rhythms lumber forward like a ramshackle construct of man and machine, emerging from a dense, sludgy mist of assorted electronics that alternate between a hover and an assault. The patterns are irregular, the textures rough-hewn - industrial drum circles for the dark-hearted.
You hear familiar, comfortable things like violins make an appearance, only to be consumed by harsh distortion as in ‘Grease the Axles’, just when you thought you were safe. ‘How Much For Your Brother’ is a middle eastern/north african groove pretty much embodying family disloyalty. If you’re into things like Blanck Mass, Shit & Shine or Akatombo and want to destroy yourself a little more, get this. If you want a rest from it all, listen to the dulcet tones of Richard Vincent Adams instead.
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