The lurching, twisted sound of Aaron Dilloway has been on the radar of everyone into noise since forever, and this release preserves his esteemed reputation once more. The signature, collaged rhythms are almost comic in their nauseating swing, the distortion caustic and musicality extremely hard to stomach. Perfect.
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- CEJ10 / 180g green vinyl LP on Cejero, housed in a reversed board sleeve illustrated with artwork by Henri Jacobs. Edition of 400 copies. Mastered by Jason Lescalleet
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The ever amazing Copenhagen based label Cejero score another ace with this brilliantly demented long player from the master of deranged tape mayhem Aaron Dilloway. I have literally no idea what he actually does with his tape machines, but it sounds like there’s some weird ectoplasmic goop dripping from the heads on opening cut ‘Switch 2’. Things get more ethereal on the second tune ‘Switch 17’ where his loops flutter with f/x over saturated static. The dread filled ‘Switch 15’ builds with ominous intent and sounds like some really bad shit is about to go down. As the tension and sense of paranoia increases, it crunches along giving me the feeling someone is about to sneak up on me and fucking decapitate me. Jesus, my fragile heart. ‘Switch 11-12’ clunks, clangs and sputters along like malfunctioning machinery, all the while there’s this ever increasing, genuinely unnerving intensity that’s actually pretty thrilling once I tell myself I’m not like technically gonna die. It’s at this point I can recognize there’s a piano sound in there - like some succubus hammering away at the keys. The core of ‘Switch 1’ is a loop that kinda reminds me of one of the loopers from Boyd Rice’s classic 1977 “The Black Album”. It seems to get more spooked and eerie as it repeats and gradually becomes submerged in grumbling, messed up wastoid audio detritus.
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