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Enigmatic American Midwest sound archaeologists Fossil Aerosol Mining Project return to The Helen Scarsdale Agency with more stirring collages of processed sonic detritus from the late 20th Century.
Opening with a brief snapshot of a desolate post-industrial landscape which abruptly halts and what appears to be old news reel dialogue, possibly relating to Cold war era space exploration spliced over flickering and shimmering mutated found sounds/tape loops. ‘The Failed Resurrection of Easy Listening’ could be what a partially fossilised vinyl copy of The KLF’s ‘Chill Out’ could sound like had it been left to the elements since its release back in 1990, and played in a quarry with a storm brewing in the distance. ‘V-Broadcast (Closed Circuit) 1986’ feels like it’s literally melting and warping as it plays, like a spool of film left in intense sunshine where the images on the celluloid bubble - people, places and objects split apart and vanish. The use of manipulated vocals on ‘Monroeville Detritus’ is truly haunting - phantom like voices communicating from another time and place. A track that turns the air in the room cold as though you can feel an invisible presence.
There’s an exquisite organic like beauty to the way in which they deconstruct and reconstruct the material they sample. Closing track ‘1991 from 2015’ transports us to a vast abandoned space where it almost feels like the listeners own body is being subjected to processes of weathering, decay and erosion. I half expected my skin to start falling off like flakes of oxidised metal. Fossil Aerosol Mining Project offers so much more than your average found sound constructed ambient. But then, they have been doing this since the early 80s. The source material remains as mysterious as the artists, yet despite this unfamiliarity, they’re able to evoke a sort of déjà vu or cryptomnesia that’s more powerful and authentic than the mediocrity of the latest hauntology nostalgia trip.
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