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Heatless Ark – “Blank Realm” – [Not Not Fun]

abacus   1/25/2012   12-inch, A Library

Born out of the oppressive heat and amidst and against the beer soaked party scene of Brisbane, Australia, this psych collective with 2 previous cassette releases have compiled hundreds of hours of improvisations, edited and trimmed them down and pieced them all together in a mess of overdubbing for this towering achievement of weird no-wave punk mixed with chandeliers of crystalline noise on a floating psychedelic excursion. They describe themselves as shoegaze thrash, and it seems appropriate though I’d say its much hazier, drugged and lethargic, evoking a dark, cloudy synesthesia. The movement seems strangely intuitive, probably since three of them are siblings, as they weave in and out of tightly controlled tangents that can’t shed their loose feel. Rhythm seems to be more of a subtle insertion with guitars and drums leaving at will, leaving just dense swirls of electronic noise and ethereal synthscapes driven by crunching bass interventions and haunted, nightmarish vocals. There is a solid kraut influence with the wide variety of sounds within a single construct, and the title track is the most conventional while still maintaining unsettling feel. A ceaseless march into heat stroke hallucinations. Enjoy

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