Album Review

Quilt – “We Have Layers of Skin” – [Orange Milk]

abacus   7/2/2011   A Library, CD

Quilt is Seth Graham; mixed by Keith Rankin of Giant Claw and mastered by Robert Betty of Hair Police. Fuzzy, meditative swirlings that are as abrasive as they are warm and welcoming. Buzzing and grinding among dreamier harmonies, twirling ambience amidst screeching computerized machinery. Ranges from overdriven synth drones to pure, dense, freezing sheets of terrifyingly dazzling wall noise. Explore the deeply levelled metropolis of a faraway dark planet (2), observe fragments of melody drowned in the still beauty and menacing fury of a glacial torrent (3), face the sublime reality of death as you witness your own funeral (5), etc. Tracks are very short (2-4 mins) for the amount of rapidly morphing, dynamic progression they go through. Careful! Track 1 ends very suddenly and track 8 dissipates 10 secs early. Play loud, take out the liner notes and lose yourself in this pastoral analog montage.


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