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Philippe Petit – “Una Symphonia Della Paura” – [Utech]

Thurston Hunger   5/9/2012   A Library, CD

Another dark, doomy maelstrom. The first two tracks pit ringing
noise versus tribal drums. The drums are tres thumpy, with a
distinct, martial and insistent flair. The guitar and effects
buzz like insects, with an indistinct and pervasive flare. The
shorter first track had a more dynamic nature, the other one
demands submission. Next up “The Dark Passenger” is more of a
sonic blender, chirping birdies sucked into the vortex. On “Diurnal
Terror” a feedback sunrise leds into a more solemn procession,
the drums still big with round sound come very infrequently, but
about 2:40 into this piece, a splice takes place and through the
electronic haze one can hear a kind of dance-floor groove. But
later on it is stomped on by more timpani tribal attack drums.
Finally, “The Night Has Eyes” again features the heavy DRUMS
doing a sort of taiko ritual between the barbed electronic sounds
before a long static scrape to exit. Petit has been an active and
adventurous artist as of late, and this apparently came from a
collaboration with Justin Broadrick. While I wish this had thinned
out more in spots, it’s one of those everything all at once releases
that if you hanker for the thick soup, bring your speaker spoon.

-Thurston Hunger

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