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Hark! News of Machinefabriek's longform, sculpted sonic drama 'Crumble' reaches us. Anne Bakker and Edita Karkoschka alternately swoop and swoon with violin and soothing voice respectively, over Rutger Zuydervelt's often glitchy, sometimes abrasive electronics and field recordings. On a self-released CD in matt finished digipack.

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Crumble by Machinefabriek 1 review. Add your own review. 9/10
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9/10 Staff review, 01 September 2016

Prolific constructor and serial collaborator Machinefabriek has produced for you another opus in the form of Crumble, a 34 minute excursion into a fractured world of static-inducing electronics and acoustic touches. Help this time comes from violinist Anne Bakker, who has worked with the acoustic ensemble of Blaze Bayley (of Finnegan fame) (he has an acoustic ensemble??!? jeez), and Edita Karkoschka who provides some super soft vocal segments.

The result flows from emphasis on Rutger Zuydervelt’s crackling fuzz to slight violin phrases with a quiet coo from Karkoschka; each element seems to be going at all times, but sometimes buried deep in the drone, allowed to peep through during big moments. The best moments are actually when the violin goes really quiet, the electronics reach a hissy crackle like a chopped locked groove, and the vocals become their most loud and clear. Luckily there aren’t too many gratuitous droning crescendos, and while the record does drop into blurred mode a lot, it uses the vocal aspect as the centrepiece. If you do nothing else today, listen to this from around 18:30 to find a section of a pop song spliced up into emotional overload.

Sometimes it sounds like something on Erased Tapes, like A Winged Victory for the Sullen heard through a broken radio stuck between Erased Tapes FM and the vocal channel. It doesn’t exist, I know. Maybe you get the picture.


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