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Archeologists of sound and surveyors of the skies, there's more to Fossil Aerosol Mining Project than just ambience. Affiliated with legendary drone sculptors :zoviet*france:, their tape loops sound earthy and topographical. For The Unlistening Place they collaged a collection of ghostly pieces from 2015 to the now -- plus reworks from elsewhere -- keeping us guessing as to what bit of dirt came from where.

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The Unlistening Place by Fossil Aerosol Mining Project
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 17 August 2017

The enigmatic Fossil Aerosol Mining Project return with another co-release on their Afterdays Media label and Jim Haynes’ The Helen Scarsdale Agency. ‘The Unlistening Place’ comes roughly one year after both labels released the excellent ‘Revisionist History’ disc. Like their previous album, and indeed all the stuff I’ve heard by these guys/girls(?), their latest, sounds as mysterious as the artists behind the work. Often labeled as ‘Sound Archeologists’ they source sound from the failings of the suburban midwest. But this really gives little clue as to what they actually record, or what their source material is - how much of what we hear is the original sound or what the effects of the bacteria damage on their tape loops has done. It’s best not to try and decipher or even attempt to figure it out. Just listening to their decayed soundworld is actually pretty chill. Like some kinda alien industrial ambient or something at times, with occasional vocal samples like garbled radio transmissions that create a sad feeling of a broken future. It's not entirely pessimistic and dystopian sounding, as there are and some really very pretty sounding moments too. Which pretty much sums up what's going on here - that is finding beauty in failure and decay.


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