Anthony Child AKA Surgeon was a fan of Manchester’s Gnod for a long time, finally got in touch and began a small collaboration. Noisy, droning pieces that show Gnod’s krautrock influences and mixed with Surgeon’s modular dirt shift it from a meer lunging soundscape to a tense atmospheric work.
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When news of this release arrived in my inbox via an email from the Tesla Tapes mailing list, I instantly began listening and after five minutes had contacted them to buy a copy of the CD. It was a no brainer. I’ve been blown away by GNOD’s live performances - on two occasions I left the planet - they were that powerful. They are a restless creative force, both as a collective unit and in their solo incarnations; Druss, Dwellings, Negra Branca, Ahrkh Wagner etc. A remarkable bunch of people and the true spirit of the underground. They’re the real deal, true sonic explorers - their music oozes authenticity. They fucking live it.
Aside from his techno productions as Surgeon, Anthony Child has really come into his own recently with his deep ambient, synth meditations. Apparently he read about GNOD in The Wire magazine, they hooked up, and here we have the first fruits of their labour.
If I hadn’t known otherwise that this was a remote collaboration, I would have thought this was created with everyone in the same room. Despite the fact that Child subtly added his Buchla parts onto GNOD’s pre-constructed foundation, it feels fluid -- everyone locked into the same zone.
‘Behind The Lids’ is comprised of two pieces, both clocking in around the twenty minute mark. Both are effortless to get lost/ submerged in. The first piece immediately transports me from the comfort of my surroundings, into another zone entirely. This is powerful, immersive listening that embraces the beauty of darkness, indeed this is music to play in the dark, or as the title implies with eyes closed for optimum inner journey into unmapped territory - the unchartered meridians of the mind. It’s no secret that an infinite universe exists inside us all - these sounds offer a guide -- think of GNOD and Anthony Child as the Shamans of your Ayahuasca ceremony.
This isn’t your average dark ambient/ gloomy drone effort -- these guys go deep, utilizing a vibrant palette of sounds. At one point I thought the phantom like vaporous synth trails were going to manifest as an entity in the room. The second piece in particular feels like sacred ritual music. Marlene’s ghostly vocal chants/ incantations are gorgeously otherworldly - hovering amongst the electronic soundscapes and lush string like sounds, the whole thing opens a portal to a place beyond this material realm.
Proceeds from the CD go to help repairs on the roof of Salford’s Islington Mill. The creative hub/venue where GNOD dwell amongst other artists - an important space for underground music, art and culture.
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