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Album Review

Distance Machine – “Distance Machine” – [Cloister Recordings]

lexi glass   10/22/2019   A Library, Cassette

Distance Machine is the new project of Arizona musician Michael Bjella, whose work under the name GOG is well represented in our library (see here and here). On this debut cassette from Cloister Recordings, Bjella offers his take on dark ambient music in three longform works. “The More Severe The Initiation The More The Sacred The Dance” (T1, a new tagline for KFJC?), with its repeating swells of sinister strings, calls to mind the hypnotic “audio virus” sound of Deathprod. At first blush, “Lorri and Tess” (T2) appears to be a simple drone, but closer listening reveals hidden layers of rich detail: gorgeous layers of voices and remote rhythms. Closer “Send Us More Chuck Berry” (T3) returns to the broad stringed tones from the first track; here they’re beamed from the depths of space, amplifying and attenuating into nothingness.

you heard it 34 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 51 days ago, Teachers AIDS played Send Us More Chuck Berry
  • 56 days ago, Grawer played The More Severe The Initiation The More The Sacred The Dance
  • 57 days ago, Bryan Chandler played The More Severe The Initiation The More The Sacred The Dance
  • 310 days ago, Dusty Rhodes played The More Severe The Initiation The More The Sacred The Dance
  • 342 days ago, Teachers AIDS played The More Severe The Initiation The More The Sacred The Dance
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