Oliver Ho aka Broken English Club aka Zov Zov aka Slow White Fall is, and I mean this in the best possible way, a very noisy boy. Here, on Total EP, he uses guitars, drums and synths, to create a proper industrial droning racket that is as likely to make you think of Tony Conrad as it is Godflesh. On Downwards.
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5-track 12" EP on Downwards aka Oliver Ho (Broken English Club, Zov Zov). Limited edition of 300 copies.
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Slow White Fall is the latest project from Oliver Ho AKA Broken English Club, Zov Zov, Raudive etc. and feels right at home on Downwards. It offers a different sound to the aforementioned projects - it still resides somewhere within the lineage/influences of those works but utilizes guitar alongside electronics.
Opener ‘A Blinding Light’ has something of a Velvet Underground ‘Venus In Furs’ thing happening with its swirling, hypnotic raga/drone third eye opening vibe. ‘Releasing Together’ takes ominous John Carpenter style rudimentary synth motif as its core and fills in the gaps with beams of sculpted feedback. ‘Slate’ elongates lugubrious guitar riffs in early Earth mode while ‘Our Eyes’ deconstructs rock to its most primitive impulses with primal drum skeleton, zig-zagging synth that wouldn’t be out of place on a Broken English EBM track and sorrowful vocal. ‘Vein’ is probably my pick of the bunch with its fluttering synth pulse gently hypnotizing alongside guitar drones creating a proper light show behind the eyelids.
Each track here utilizes the transcendent effects of repetition resulting in something more psychedelic than initially appears on the doomy/gloomy surface. An interesting evolution in Ho’s sound with one foot in the past and one firmly in the present.
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