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Rh – “New Bedford Squall” – [Inam Records]

abacus   10/30/2013   A Library, CD

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From the mysterious Inam Records, ominous other-earthly drones drifting through a murky ether. Seems to be guitar is the primary tool here again, but we don’t have as much of the drum machine or doom-bass that we get on projects like Sujo and Olekranon. Still plenty of food for the bottom feeders, though, rumbling clouds of low-end looming above blissless landscapes full of seismic fissures of fuzz and crackle of cracked tones. Ewmbayed introduces the rattle and clang of factory machinery setting a vague rhythmic background while later tracks lift the heavy burden somewhat. The sinister dread is still present, just somewhat more distant, like a ghost ship floating through icy fog. Lazaret does use some subtle drum machine and feels like a darkwave track slowed way down to give it a more ancient and gothic feel. Another project by supposedly the same person behind the label runs along the same vein but provides a different face. A perfect soundtrack for the dark and cold months to come.

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