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Demdike Stare – “Elemental” – [Modern Love Records]

Roland Blunt   4/25/2012   A Library, CD

CD re-issue of original tracks, alternate takes, and bonus material from Elemental LP (2011), the 6th full-length release by British duo Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker.

Bewitching brume of dark ambient industrial noise, musique concrete, and rhythmic minimalism. A foreboding, cinematic, pensive, slithering, menacing gape of sounds that petition the abyss through languid gurgling, stark cavernous drone-washes, electro-static soundings, ceded unlocked grooves, soaring machine hums, looming anxious palpitating beats, dour strings, twisted electronics, gravitational lurches, and disturbed calculated rhythms.

CD 1 is far creepier in its approach. The rhythms are more subdued and evoke darker sonic apparitions. Track 5 deploys an aggressive, groovy meld of industrial noises and Eastern instrumental sounds. Track 8 is a meditative call to prayer from techno-Mecca. Track 10 sounds like a Basic Channel horror film sound design.

CD 2 is more rhythmic. Track 2 is a tribal onslought accented by stentorian drums. Track 4 has a mellow drum circle vibe. Track 7 drifts along in a pensive clockwork beat.

For maximum results, do mix the tracks on both discs.

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