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Paine: Youngs – “English Channel” – [Sonic Oyster Records]

lombard   2/24/2009   A Library, CD

This is a collaboration between UK experimental musicians Andrew Paine and Richard Youngs on a 37-minute piece. This 2008 release on Andrew’s label, Sonic Oyster Records, is a wild journey that was apparently recorded in the dark, with vocals added later. It begins as a very quiet, spiritual style, with chanting, humming punctuated by the rattling of bells. It continues in a slow and languid manner, with the addition of some understated buzzing, like a very tiny motorcycle revving. Male voices come in, almost in “om”-like chants and the piece gets buzzier, dronier, as the listener’s meditation reaches a new level. There’s rattling and subtle wails of perhaps an accordion or electronics. Chatter turns into spookier, electronic sounds and creepy throaty noises and it all gets a bit more psychedelic. Then, back to minimal bells, more Oms, whistling noises like breath on an instrument, then more hectic, and quiet again. The whole thing has the effect of like hanging out in a haunted house with a crazed yoga practitioner. Definitely a far-out trip and well worth the ride.

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