Drekka is an abstract musician dealing in weighty concepts of memory and passing, and Unbeknownst To The Participants At Hand gives us two substantial works over two sides of vinyl, one referencing Michael Haneke and the other melds sounds of uncertain provenance into a fragile structure. 500 copies on DAIS.
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 08 October 2015
Drekka is somewhat of an experimental/ambient/sound art veteran by now. The common thread throughout the years has been the concept - rarely one to release a record ‘cos it sounds cool’, Drekka does things for a reason. A solid, lofty reason. Which is probably a better reason than most.
On this latest, the mysteriously-titled Unbeknownst To The Participants At Hand, Drekka takes people from his past, who he may or may not remember, and makes them the focal point, burying them in industrial ambience and static-drowned drones. Vocalesque textures mimic saxophones and ancient war-horns, echoing the ambiguity of memory and the weird malformed people, events and feelings that the brain dredges up after a few red wines or during a long sleep. Some clanks sound a brutal metallic rattle across the second half - something is crumbling.
Things get really excruciating on side B, with grating sounds stretched out to breaking point, threatening to shatter along with your sanity. Hints of melody edge in, just as foreboding as the rest but far more brief. This side is full of the electroacoustic mind-warp of Lumisokea and the industrial leanings of Coil, finishing this with a really unsettling tone. Help.
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