Umor Rex welcomes experimental ambient electronicist Byron Westbrook to the fold for his third album, following releases with Root Strata and Hands in the Dark. Made with manipulations of tape and electronics, Confluence Patterns is mixed so that sharp contrasts of tone and style occur between the tracks, making continuous listening noticeably different from selective.
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Somehow, only a few short months ago in fact, Byron Westbrook’s electro-sonic abstractions (on his LP ‘Body Consonance’) got out in the open and in the process managed to freak out our reviewer Ant’s pet cat. You’ll be relieved to learn we’ve taken precautions this time and these (very lively indeed) sounds -- on Westbrook’s latest, limited cassette tape release for Umor Rex -- are fizzing and buzzing out of the office reviewing headphones. Phew.
Confluence Patterns is a continually shapeshifting beast, as amorphous blobs of electronic sound breathe, quiver and pulse in a call-and-response type of deal with other more sharp and roughly textured sounds. Hypnotic drones feature strongly, yet sharp contrasts in frequency and sound colours which threaten to jolt you from your daydream, are never far away... Thus 'Byron' and his third album to date have earned a solid ‘8’ from me. Very good.
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