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What’s this?! Emptyset presenting material that was produced using only acoustic methods of production rather than racks of hardware electronics? Well I never. Of course, mini-album Skin’s four tracks still sound remarkably like Emptyset, despite the different textures at play: hammered zithers, voices and the like. LP on Thrill Jockey.

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Skin by Emptyset
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 18 October 2017

Emptyset, now there’s a name I know. I’ve probably sent a fair few of their (distinctive-looking) records out the door to a few of you lovely lot at some point in the last 20 months. Yes, I’m counting. Anyway, Bristol’s Emptyset -- well, James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas, for it is they -- have followed up their Pan Sonic-esque album, 'Borders' of earlier this year, with this new mini-LP they’ve called simply ‘Skin’. There are, in fact two ‘skins’ on Side 1 of the record and two ‘eyes’ on Side 2. This time, all the sounds were generated by striking resonant acoustic objects of some sort. Nary a rack of electronics were coerced in the making of it. Interesting.

‘Skin I’ was made up of hammered and slithering zithers, buzzing all over the place like a rave in a wasp hive made of metal. It sounds frenetic. ‘Skin II’ on the other hand, is a much more ponderous and brooding affair; a sparse arrangement with slow drumming and thrumming zither strings to creepy effect. On the other side, ‘eye I’ combined repetitious strums and ethereal human voice hummings and ‘aaahhh’-ings. With a marching drum. It's just a little unsettling, but maybe that’s something to do with the headache I can’t shift today. The intensity builds still further as we are plunged into ‘eye II’ with louder voices and a shift up in gears of industrial metallic strings. It’s like a lost Giallo soundtrack... A bit scary, then. But I like it.


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