Ex-Coil and Psychic TV member Drew McDowall presents his first ever solo album and it's a highly accomplished adventure in meditative electronics and unsettling atmospheres. Throughout the album McDowall demonstrates considerable skill at wrenching organic sounds from the modular synth, with additional interference from Nicky Mao (Effi Briest).
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 08 October 2015
We’ve sold an absolute ton of these on pre-order. It’s the debut LP from former Coil and Psychic TV member McDowall and seeing as though he has been making music since the 1970’s it’s been worth the wait.
The mention of the likes of Coil in his back pages might suggest that this is scary and threatening but I’m finding it a very relaxing listen. The first side is split into three parts of a piece entitled ‘The Chimeric Mesh Withdraws’ which has churning industrial electronics giving way to eerie and grainy organ drones. This is a very textural record, you can hear the influence of industrial music but it’s manifested in a much more subtle way with shards of vintage synth and low end drones providing a dark backdrop. The most impressive track is ‘Hypnotic Congress’ where pulsing fizzy mini-electronics is replaced by an almost tribal set of vocal chants.
It’s the kind of electronic record that you will need to live with - it’s tones are quiet but soothing. You can tell a tremendous amount of care has gone into the layering of these tonal pieces.
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