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    Riggs, Richard – “Society For The Lost” – [Skrot Up]

    richard_riggs
    London sound shaper, has a few cassettes out on the
    Drone Warfare label, this one for Skrot Up definitely
    delivers a sense of foreboding. Noisy electronics are
    well-harnessed, there’s definitely a sense of composition
    from the lead-off track with a sort of hailing frequency
    over a fast bass distored note. Reminiscent of early
    Pan Sonic, other electronic daemons whistle around that
    bottom and after 5 minutes a free jazz sample starts
    simmering in the shadows. Next up “Lust” with a open
    robot ohhhh to start, electronics slide in and a
    ghost pianist. Again a shifty feeling, a diseased drone
    with some more forceful passages eventually gives rise
    to a slowed down excerpt from the film “‘Tis Pity She’s
    a Whore” and a tRampling of dialog between sibling lovers.
    On this, and really all four tracks Riggs reminds me of
    another RR, Robin Rimbaud, and his electronically
    enhanced eavesdropping. Next up, great round deep
    rolls of sound, with squelchy toppings. Move like
    the ocean beneath you. Coil fans might dig. Is the TV
    on? Are we watching a game show or third world coup?
    At last the title track, something about the elements
    of pure power drone, but flecked and flawed by much other
    harsher sounds, it all leads to a gentle creepiness.
    Wait for the false ending and then crescendo piercing!
    Mysterious and rewarding.
    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 6, 2014 at 6:54 pm
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