Originally called Bad Rabbit and forming especially to create the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s Limits Of Control, the three piece (that includes Jarmusch) renamed themselves SQÜRL and carried on after. With a number of releases on ATP and now on Sacred bones their strain of noisy, bluesy, instrumental avant-rock follows stoner rock’s slow pace with a crushed psychedelic edge. Limited single pressing.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 19 July 2017
Sacred Bones love putting out albums by film people trying to make good on their rock dreams, so it makes sense they’re anointing Jim Jarmusch’s fuzzy SQÜRL project. With his pals Carter Logan and Shane Stonebeck, Jarmusch has done a handful of noisy, heartily stoned EPs, and this one continues to keep their appearances cameo style: three doomy, plate-shifting mood pieces and then they’re outta here to make room for some remix content.
“Solstice” is a groaning band drone that sounds like one of Tony Conrad’s violin tummy-aches, a constantly busy but unevolving piece of music that’d go well with a trance-inducing visual. It’s only on “The Dark Rift” we remember this trio is a big ol’ rock band, with fuzz-fucked guitars crashing onto a sloshing drumbeat. The whole thing songs like a band jumping in puddles on a rainy day, the guitars blending kinda aimlessly into one another as the band half-groove their way to a grizzly, feedbacked endpoint. More noise abstraction awaits on “Equinox” where the band close off the suite with more formless, squealing drone before arriving back exactly where they were in the previous song.
Patting the band on the back with supplementary sonics are Anton Newcombe and Föllakzoid, psychlords more than happy to remix their friends. Newcombe does “Gates of Ishtar” while this record’s “Dark Rift” gets the Föllakzoid treatment with some downbeat glitches and ambient smooth-overs that make the kinda lost track sound like pretty decent IDM. It doesn't do much, but we're okay with that.
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