Second full-length album from Basic House. I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have To Be Destroyed By Me delivers on the simmering threat of its title with a set of creeping collages that push out-of-focus beats into an ooze of dubby abstract sounds. High on atmosphere and low on resolution, that’s what we like to hear! On Alter.
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I’m pretty sure this is like the eighth album by Opal Tapes lord Stephen Bishop aka Basic House. His second for Luke Younger’s aka Helm Alter imprint. If previous album, the dread filled ‘Government’ (a goner on CD but getting a cassette issue) struck a chord with you, then this is well worth spending some time with.
You know that feeling when you’ve smoked too much high grade genetically modified herb and you get “the fear” like some really bad shit is gonna go down - like the phone is gonna ring and there’s gonna be a voice on the other end telling you that satan has kidnapped your mum, or your children have been brutally massacred by a machete wielding Smurf. i.e paranoia/psychosis. It’s like peeling back the curtain to reveal dark forces at work - demonic illuminati behind the cogs of reality - the freaks running the show. At times ‘I Could Tell You…’ is thrillingly bleak and claustrophobic - almost suffocating, with only brief glimmers of light as heard in ‘Pyxis’ and the closing moments of the final, titular track. It’s so vividly executed, that momentarily it’s easy to forget you’re listening to a record and not experiencing some supernatural forces invading your space. Most definitely a keeper.
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