Electronic / IDM / Ambient / Drone listening club


#823

Despite being quite repetitive, the warm bass (from early Seefeel) and clanking rhythm of Extract keep it pretty compelling. I like the echoing vocals throughout, which again bring to mind something subterranean. When Face Was Face is one of the strongest tracks in my view, fussy and interesting after a stuttering opener, and then again, pulses of bass - they really make a lot of use of rhythm throughout. Beautifully pieced together.


#824

Things ratchet up a notch with a second standout track in Fracture, which adds distorted beats over chiming synths (or are they still treated guitars). Really good.


#825

Gonna bang this on now


#826

Definitely “this”.


#827

Mixing it up now with that deep bass propelling Gatha into the middle of the album. I like that despite not using too many different elements, there’s still a lot of variety across the tracks.


#828

That hitting-a-bin-lid-with-a-stick snare is so satisfying. Properly hypnotic track this - never have that confidence in my own work to just really let a loop go on like they do here.


#829

Sorry, just made myself a sandwich. Ruby-ha is a lot less jolly than it’s title would suggest, back into some decent bass with Rupt. Accompanies a cheese sandwich very nicely.


#830

On Ruby-Ha now. Love the use of the soft vocal samples in contrast with the industrial percussion throughout the album.


#831

Rupt is very very good, innit. Brooding and serene all at once. Nice kinda call and response in the treble.


#832

And here we go into Vex, which is a definite late highlight, fast, percussive and driving, perhaps close to Industrious from Quique (ah, I love Quique, and Polyfusia). Cut uses the ‘same repeated note’ trick that I like in a lot of music, and to be honest I’d have preferred as a closer to Utreat (which is one of those downbeat closers that I don’t really feel adds to the album and leaves you with a slightly “ho hum” taste in your mouth).

Great album though, and would be great to work to if I didn’t keep getting distracted by doing this!


#833

So good opportunity to plug Quique (which needs its own slot in time), their S/T of a few years back (which was again heavy on rhythm, but with some good glitch) and Mark Clifford’s other work as Oto Hiax (which I believe @AphexTwinkletoes put me onto). All worth following up on.


#834

Yes to all of this. Been revisiting my 2018 playlist on spotify recently and had Oto Hiax lined up for another listen. Quique is essential listening really.


#835

Totally with you on Utreat. Bit of a damp squib to close out a really excellent album. Love how clanky all the percussion is. Kind of a shame they disappeared for so long after this.


#836

Utreat has grown on me over the years. I love that kind of ascension culminating in a kind of chord if that makes sense


#837

Doesn’t spoil a great album, and I do always listen to the end (the plus side is it gets me looking for the next pick!) - thanks again for reacquainting me with it!