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As dystopian as records come, Biotische Verwitterung is right up there - an angst-ridden German stab that's bleached in narcotic punk. This record seems lost in a lo-fi nightmare, swirling in black whole and destined for nothing but pain. Some call it "Hauntology"; Baldruin call it "Bavarian Gothic".

LP £12.99 AR #26 / BH-115 / CRUS-23

180g vinyl LP on Black Horizons / Aetheric Records / Cloister Recordings. Edition of 200 hand-numbered copies.

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Biotische Verwitterung by Baldruin
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 18 May 2017

Infuse hauntology with a bunch of gothic terror and you might be halfway to understanding ‘Biotische Verwitterung’, a record whose swirling flurries of cascading, whirring, ghosting sounds make me feel quite uncomfortable. With samples from people who sound like they probably stopped existing, dilapidated techno beats and random sirens, gunshots, etcetera… there’s a lot going on that isn’t nice.

Its sound palette is both extremely retro and happily more modernly noisy, drawing both on the kind of vampiric overtones of old horror soundtracks and a more creaking, dissonant sound design that might please a Ryo Murakami or two. The vignettes borrow as much from IDM as they do from randomly sampled plunderphonics, with voices and drums often sounding disparate, stumbled upon in a dusty library one creepy story away from the Twilight Zone.

If you like your records to flick a switch 'til it fuses, to keep moving between soundscapes until all your tension and dread feels completely dislocated, then Baldruin’s sounds might well be worth getting creeped by.



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