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White label 12" EP on Vis in screen-printed sleeve. Hand-numbered edition of 300 copies.
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That indecipherable font isn’t the only thing keeping Scheich In China at a distance. The group’s dark ambient could be described, without mincing words, as repellent, a billowing, noise-scarred, kraut-outpacing kind of meditation that adequately stifles its listener. I am not being negative; this is noise music that compels us to understand it.
Scheich In China make a straight-line drone punctuated with tape glitches and a hell of a lot of distortion, subliminally hinting at techno if not outright delivering it: the record’s opener offers the barrel-scrapings of a beat from what sounds like a skipping tape, slowly building and then erasing noise climaxes around it. It’s often the hiss that keeps this record in the comfort zone, with the chilling synth swirls of the record’s second track contained within -- or merely accompanied by -- tiny bits of reel sound. The track makes rythmic suggestions before falling into a cavalcade of bitty gestures, eradicating any sense of clarity and warmth.
As the record goes on the inclination of dance becomes more pronounced, with the third track’s mix of bass throb and wind-scuttling beat sounding like an attempt to one-up the cold physical maneuvers of SHXCXCHCXSH. The final track reduces into a hasty production of field recordings and impossible distortion, Scheich In China returning to their place -- behind the fog, but just in front of us.
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