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The Railcables series presents its 2016 edition. As ever, four inventive musicians have been asked to produce a piece centered around the idea of train travel. Between them, Stanier Black-Five, Joseph Curwen, Sam Grant and Daniel Rejmer all have stacks of experience within experimental music (with Khunnt and Ben Frost for example) , and they each evoke what sounds like a very unworldly train journey. Double LP four-way split, limited to 250 copies.

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2LP on Rail Cables in reverse board gatefold sleeve. Edition of 250 copies.

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RailCables2016 by Sam Grant / Joseph Curwen / Daniel Rejmer / Stanier Black-Five
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 23 August 2016

Great news, for Rail Cables have released their 2016 collection! It follows a set of four compilations -- one for each season -- that gratified our ears last year here at NR, especially those of us who travel by rail. The guys seem to have abbreviated or streamlined their processes; here are a mere four train-inspired long-form tracks, each from a different producer working within the realm of slightly dark and experimental drift and drone.

Sam Grant first, with ‘Chariots’. He uses a large metallic sheet, manipulated to create eerie and ethereal sounds which he augments with droning violin and cello. It all combines to hint often at melody and even harmony, before resolving its selves into building dissonance. It’s a piece evocative of decay but also pointing at latent power. Joseph Curwen takes a marginally lighter path / track on ‘Heavy Growth’. Warm sub-bass kicks and blips stutter along in the back while melodic scrapes start to pile up in the foreground. The flow becomes more intense as layers of noise tumble in on top of one another, before the inevitable decay of dissipating reverb.

Daniel Rejmer -- sound engineer to Ben Frost and Hecker, no less -- contributes ‘Faithful drunken adorers, mourn / the radiant child’. Lines of sleepy-headed, twilit melody burst through walls of mournful drone and textures of melancholy. There’s even a piano in there somewhere. Then harmonious noise. Nice. Thanks, Daniel. Finally, ‘Alone with the Black Spirits’ by Stanier Black-Five is… horrifically scary. Hissing steam manipulated to sound proper demonic. The ghost of the 7:55 to Ilkley from the year 1912.

A haunting and interesting compilation.




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