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- Tales of Space & Claustrophobia by Ly Tumnus
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 02 February 2017
Look who’s wandered in. It’s that Tumnus fella from Narnia. You’re a long way from home, buddy, and holy shit you’ve actually got hooves. Who’d have thought that you’d be making underground tapes after helping to oust the White Witch, but here you are.
Silly. But this is indeed an underground tape made by someone with Tumnus in their (artist?) name. Oh, he’s called Fraser Rowan. He’s made a strange bunch of isolationist tunes with beats, synths and guitars, mangling the sound sources so that you’re not quite sure what’s a synth and what’s just him twanging his strings or making weird sounds into a microphone. It sort of gives me the feeling of 70s and 80s sci-fi scores, or perhaps John Carpenter-esque horror or thriller flicks. It’s a bit more imaginative and abrasive the the ‘Carp though, allowing sounds to embrace their wildness instead of striving for the anthemic on every turn. But I’m biased, I’m not a huge fan of the Carpman. Maybe it has parallels with BoC’s Tomorrow’s Harvest? I dunno. The drums here range from natural to machine-made, as do the other elements, presuming a guitar isn’t a machine (it is), and he’s making spacey instrumentals with a creepy edge, so there are parallels to that album.
I’m rambling, it’s good.
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