Boomkat: [Thy-011].

June 24, 2010

This latest limited release from enigmatic Type artist Seasons (pre-din) comes courtesy of his own Thy imprint, arriving in a special limited edition, mastered by John ‘Xela’ Twells. As suggested by the dark skies of the hand-assembled sleeve art, this is music rooted in the landscape – but pastoral, it ain’t. The opening track launches into a kind of shimmering hysteria, dissolving what sounds like recordings of roosting birds into a bath of high frequency drone dissonance and shortwave radio. Following up, the second piece keenly draws out a clammy and oppressive environmental hum that sucks the ear in. You might be reminded of the natural world compositions Francisco Lopez has turned out over the years, but while the Spanish composer has often worked with tropical or rainforest surroundings, Seasons (pre-din) evokes an altogether bleaker habitat. Such is the entangled murkiness of these compositions, much of the mini-album’s success lies in the power of suggestion. As the different layers are added to the mix, there’s an encroachment on a sense of subdued frenzy; all this sounds as if nature’s gone mad – it’s a talking fox short of full-on Antichrist vibes. Chaos reigns, indeed. Probing further into the static, the third and fourth pieces plays out like a malarial hallucination, packed with hollowed-out phantasmic groans and fleeting voices plucked from the airwaves. After all this tension-building groundwork, the fifth and final piece represents a turn towards a more fearsome pay-off moment, accumulating a bleak and creeping distortion that floods the piece through its final minutes. A great slice of dark ambience from this mysterious artist, presented in his customarily opulent and personalised packaging.


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