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    Liberez – “Sane Men Surround” – [Alter]

    liberez
    UK unit with an interesting blend of This Heat meets Crescent.
    Yeah I hate those DNA-tracer examples too, sorry and even that
    was meant as a high form of praise. This project is its own
    beast, slouching towards the industrial hearts and jaded ears
    of many a KFJC listener. Pure noise, impure rock, airport paging
    vocals, spiky violin. Just tremendous, especially in sitting
    through it whole, (as opposed to us radio types isolating tracks)
    the sequencing is stellar. The leadoff track “Nema Te” has a
    muffled/maxxed out sing-song from Nina Bostic, the lullabye
    gets delayed and then displaced into a musique concrete
    parking garage. Better than EVP since it’s real. That triggers
    “A Warning” where a synth siren oscillates in the space left
    by Bostic, and deep thrumblings and a hint of strings set the
    stage for more “vocals” (really a chant, or pre-recorded
    alarm message) as the sound stirs up, gunfire percussion
    has a party in the re-militarized zone. But John Hannon is
    smart enough to let a drone float in and thru, dynamics are
    a key throughout the album. Evidently he’s a recording
    engineer, but here is a great example of the mixer as
    instrument. Rounding out the quartet are Peter Wilkins, a
    longtime collaborator and also guitarist and other-items-ist
    Tom James Scott. Guess he’s the violin that flecks in (rides
    the crushing star of “What’s Mine is Mine” for example).
    Plenty of challenging moments (“My Madness Offends” cycles
    staccato static bursts, Scott pizzicato prances underneath
    it) but even more rewarding moments. Good news this is their
    *second* release, better news if there is plenty more to come.
    From the very first till now, this remains an exciting
    sound escape.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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