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    Bassett, Marcia and Graf, Jenny – “Peradam” – [Utech Records]

    Invisible sci-fi movie, captured for your headphones,
    capturing alien crystal-based life forms dreaming in
    sine waves. Voices filter in through the transmission,
    as the life forms feign for human contact. It is a crucial
    touch that elevates this excellent Utech release. “Zero
    As Sky” has a slurred shaman beneath the buzz, before we
    hit one of those Prisoner-like bounces of guitar telling
    us everything is suspect. This bleeds towards a blender
    of fuzz, before hitting an elliptical yoyo and the shaman
    is back, but now she’s growing angry. The longer pieces
    really do evolve well, but there’s something special about
    the sandwiched “Black Waters Glow” cut, with its delicate
    guitar strains and wavery siren singing, it somehow tames
    the savage effects racks for 6 minutes like a mirage.
    Noise folk created by contrast. The stun of the whole is
    greater than the sum of the pieces. But loops and wires
    rise up on the final track “Phantasmagorical Mapping”
    with the ghost of the sirens now a vox humana canyon
    opening up at times, amidst the crunch of distortion and
    tides of static. More women taking back the noise!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 9, 2010 at 11:43 pm
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