Very limited white C40 cassette from Luna. How to Cure Our Soul, on Low Point Records, uses electric guitar, samples and tape manipulation to create a sombre drone music. This Italian duo combine their artistic backgrounds to create rich and varied ambient music that crescendos and flows at its own unique pace.
Limited white C40 tape on Low Point. Edition of 100 copies.
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HTCOS is a duo of Italian FX junkies who enter the night for this little tape thing called Luna on Low Point. That’s the label that brought us such luxury music as Ex-Easter Island Head, Gareth Hardwick and Kyle Bobby Dunn, a favourite of resident crusty Robin. This C40 paints a still scene from that time where nature tends to take over and most humans are bogged down by their need to sleep.
Gently wavering drone notes coalesce into a single black wall on the first track, the subtle off-pitching offering some warmth in the night world. This one drifts by quite nicely, nothing to distinguish it too much from similar static tones, before the drones get separated - one drops to a low, foghorn call, and the other teeters on the brink of the softest feedback possible in the background, hinting at a more chaotic sound than is presented. That must be the ‘song of crickets’ that the track name refers to. I can’t believe that the only defined instrument on here is the guitar - you could guess at least a few types of synth and maybe some woodwind / stringy strings here, but it’s just a guitar, some tapes, some FX and a mixing desk.
‘Night climb to the mount analogue’, as well as having one of the best names in drone, takes a similar approach but with a more forlorn but strangely grand harmony. A sorrowful note threatens to pull you into oblivion, occasionally surfacing above the thrumming oscillations, but that’s about all the contrast you’ll find. Some nice minimal, tonal and meditative ambient pieces.
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