8/10 Ant Staff review, 15 December 2016
A passing glimpse at this 12” and you’d be forgiven for thinking this was an EVOL record. That’ll be because the sleeve has been designed by said computer music hooligan Roc Jiménez. However, if you stand on your head and hold it in front of a mirror, you shall discover it is in fact the work of an artist going under the handle Carers. Sonically/stylistically it’s the sort of thing that certainly wouldn’t be out of place on Roc’s Alku label i.e “experimental” electronic music. The only info I have is a first name that could either make them male or female and have been informed they are based in Sheffield. So there’s the practically useless bio… onto the sounds…
On the first side "...it's eternity, Ester" gets going with some high pitched frequencies that could probably control sheep dogs, alongside some distant liquid bubbling. Then some really lush soothing low end kicks in and takes on an almost church organ/ devotional mood. There’s stumbling, woody percussion like thumping, that gives the impression of someone trapped inside the organ - banging to be set free. A few static/crackling sounds emerge, and oh... what’s this… sounds like someone trying to take a power tool to the organ to help the creature inside get out. Things settle down and the track plays out some lovely metallic droning.
On the flipside things get going with what sounds like a digital Catherine wheel spraying one’s and zero’s everywhere. Like sticking a contact mic into a bowl of Rice Crispies and cranking the volume into the red. Then things go a wee bit glitchy/ clicks + cuts and the organ like sound makes a brief appearance, then retreats and we get some weird unidentifiable musique concrète/electroacoustic machine like grinding and buzzing, before things mutate into a short, melancholy passage that threatens to burst into melody before some gaseous hissing smothers it and gently evaporates. Weird, intriguing and most enjoyable acousmatic sound.
Edition of a measly 150 copies in foil stamped, 700gsm sleeve.
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