June 2010 Archives
Sandoz: In Dub Chapter 2 - Live In The Earth (Soul Jazz) - CD originally released May 2006
The thing I like most about Richard H.Kirk long-running dub side project is that every album seems to be new tracks using the same set of sounds from previous works. There’s a comforting feeling to that. The palette is very synthetic sounding; clinical samples and a pretty rigid structure. It might not contain the raw analogue harshness of Kingston-derived dub but is no less valid. As with all of Kirk’s works, there’s a political / idealist subtext to it, but on such an abstract level that it doesn’t marr nor enhance the listening experience. Not as good as his classic ‘Digital Lifeforms’ album though.
Chris Watson / BJ Nilsen: Storm (Touch) - CD originally released November 2006
Listening to a recording of storms during an actual storm might seem a bit retarded, but such is the overwhelming sonic power of this album that the visual accompaniment of a heavy rain lashing down over N10 seemed to make total sense.
This has ex-Cabaret Voltaire member / sound wildlife recordist Chris Watson and accomplished sound artist BJ Nilsen chasing a singular cyclonic storm pattern across Europe. Violent crashing waves that culminate into a majestic crescendo of white noise. Up close (and slightly creepy) sounds of local wildlife as they groan. Interspersed with unsettling moments of natural silence.