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    Second Layer – “World of Rubber” – [Dark Entries]

    Tracks from a Uk duo circa 1979-81, from the newsprint
    insert, a quasi-disparaging review refers to this music
    as “Gloomerama.” Which to me is both apt and a compliment
    of nearly the highest calibre. Unfortunately it is
    tempered by the fact that one of the two gents in this,
    guitarist/basist/singer Adrian Borland, took his own
    talented life in 1999. He had flirted with fame with
    a somewhat successful project, The Sound (KFJC has a
    bunch of their older material). Honestly this Second
    Layer work gets the first seed for me. Borland and
    bandmate Graham “Green” Bailey, who was also in The
    Sound, refer to this project as “fun” contrasted to
    work in The Sound. The lower case sound here is quite
    varied. “I Need Noise” (a KFJC plea, if ever one was
    uttered) well preceeds more notable noise rock. “The
    Telephone Call” is a Negativland/Scanner phreaklet.
    And followed by a delightful “Deadly Norweigian Attack
    to boot, more tape-play and Gysin splicin’. There’s
    often a dismal thread in some of the lyrics, both
    political and personal, but the album does have a
    playfulness that buoys it along. Blowing off steam
    away from the big label dreams (and pressure).
    With some synth, and 80’s drum machines, this fits
    with the Dark Entries menu, but it’s far from icy
    minimalist or bleak dance floors. I think the key
    here is Bailey gets to tweak out, and Borland’s ear
    for a sweeter tune is often embedded in a more
    sour sound. Fans of that ol’ Cherry Red flavor
    will not be disappointed by the first record, some
    really crisp cuts. But if you like more raw gritty
    rawk, previously unreleased “Split Screen” and
    “Death Process” await you. If the proposed Adrian
    Borland documentary gets off the ground, I sure
    hope they cover this “Layer” to him (and accent
    the impact of Bailey on it!). -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on September 11, 2015 at 6:35 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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