Dom Fernow’s Hospital Productions label has been gradually following his path towards techno, though without fully shedding the harsh distortions we’d expect given the label’s past. L.I.E.S head Ron Morelli manages all of that, with a full-length that will pound you with heavy dancing all night long. A Gathering Together is available as an LP.
9/10 Ant Staff review, 30 September 2015
L.I.E.S. bossman Ron Morelli returns to Dominick Fernow’s Hospital Productions for his third album. Now you’d think having his own label he could be putting this stuff out on L.I.E.S. but his own work shares little with the labels aesthetic but is right at home on Hospital Productions, it being way darker than anything he puts out on the label.
Basically this ain't club music. Opening with the chilling blackened drones of ‘Cross Waters’ things immediately become somewhat unsettling with shards of rusty electronic detritus rattling amongst the pulsating low end. A hyperactive metronome and bubbling 808 pulses precede waves of feedback like noise and deep analogue bass, the overall effect like a gargantuan black cargo ship emerging from dense fog, sailing through a sea of insects. ‘New Dialect’ gets going with weird electronics before erupting into a brutal assault of relentless stormcore drums, complete with mutoid alien gurgling.
‘A Gathering Together’ appears to be constructed from processed found sounds backed by a sluggish booming kick and what sounds like shaking a box of tic-tacs through f/x pedals along with the squelching of luminous, putrid toxic waste. ‘The Story of Those Gone’ is something like a super pissed off Mika Vainio; had someone spilled a pint on his oscillators. ‘Desert Ocean’ moves with an insectoid clipped micro rhythm, a bizarre wobbling bassline, submerged vocals and doomy swathes of thick almost horn like synth that remind me of Jaws and give the terrifying, claustrophobic feeling of sinking deep into blackened waters. ‘Voices Rise’ sounds like some fucked up shortwave radio transmission from hell.
‘To Celebrate Through The Storm’ has us riding aboard aforementioned sea vessel where your captain happens to be a slowly decaying, starved Zombie. ‘Dock Splinters’ closes the record in chilling style where we jump ship onto the docks hoping for safety only to find the wooden floating pier is decomposing under out feet. Really bad things await beneath, ready to pull you down deep into the abyss.
Right I’m off to change my underpants.
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