Album Review

Craven Faults – “Enclosures” – [The Leaf Label Ltd.]

whngr   4/30/2021   12-inch, A Library

Long-form Modular Synth Commutation

Strange, dreary, and dreamy journeys through an analog landscape of decrepit, abandoned industrial districts.
Grabbed this ultra-chiller LP from the Slim Bin ’cause I liked the cover art but found myself struggling to review it. It was too innocuous, too tame, too repetitive, and too uplifting… but my feelings started to change after reading an interview with the creator who maintains a highly secretive identity known only as Craven Faults (not secretive about their process however, as an exhaustive litany can be found online behind the thoughts and creation of their compositions), an entity whose obsession with modular synth wavers on religious fanaticism. An absolute boffin with an incredible devotion to their massive instrument that blinks soullessly(?) in the Yorkshire textile mill where they build, and seek to perfect their apparently massive electronic apparatus (sans keyboards) in order to materialize an idea built with sound. Mote by mote, brick by brick, layer by layer… and then to deconstruct it until we arrive once again at its source. 

Yorkshire, 2020

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