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The third album from A.R.C. Soundtracks is Dereliction / Mirror, hewn together over the course of a residency at the Islington Mill. Dark, dread-heavy post-industrial synths mix with vintage hauntological vibes, with rhythmic aspects and spoken word occasionally rearing their heads up into the mix. Limited edition of 175 CDs on Gizeh.

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Dereliction/Mirror by A.R.C. Soundtracks
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2 people love this record. Be the 3rd!
8/10 Robin Staff review, 14 September 2017


Seriously, though! That’s what ‘Dereliction/Mirror’ wants to do and that’s what it doth. A record part born from the library hauntology of old (synths beaming like a flashlight onto dust), part from acoustic rhythms, it at times surmounts to a fear-mongered void of industrial. A. R. C. Soundtracks make noisy, devastated music from beyond the spectre of good feelings and memories.

And it’s also kind of pop music. For what it is, at least. Uh, hear me out: the record’s self-titled intro offers a hooking plucked rhythm in which strings are hacked at to their limits, but they create a rigid structure for us to worm our way into the record through. The droning phases of “Field//Trespass” move fast, finding their way to chimes and processed instrumentation before a dubbed beat comes in. The whole thing is captivated by the idea of forward motion, beckoning the listener further down the corridor rather than sending them into an endgame of panic and despair.

As the record moves on and on through its extravagant plummet into darkness, it begins to build characters and settings, or at least suggest them lurking out of view: voices invade the emptiness and hissing sounds move about, offering a real world to go against the non-existing drones and artificial synths. There is no comfort, but the record feels like a treasure trove of fear, an adventure in trying to move your senses through next to no familiarity.


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