Posts Tagged ‘Death Grips’

Hallow Ground – September 2017

Christopher Nosnibor

Hallow Ground is one of those niche little labels that exceeds in catering to a small but devoted audience. The quality is pretty consistent, and while you know broadly what you’re going to get from anything in their catalogue, there’s nevertheless a sense of challenge with each release. And so it is with The Expanding Domain, which is pitched as showcasing the way in which the producer’s ‘fascination with ambient becomes a blank slate upon which [he] and his collaborators serve shimmering Trance-derived melodies, murky Industrial grooves and all-consuming Harsh Noise attacks.’

If it sounds like a difficult and disparate blend, it is, making for 23 intense minutes, but it works. ‘Cold Bloom’ may be brief, but moves through a succession of quite contrasting passages, from ominous ambient rumbles and analogue tweets through expansive orchestral strikes lifted straight out of 90s clubland. As such, it condenses all aspects of the album into under two and a half mind-punishing minutes.

On the one hand, it seems like a bad idea and waste of energy to become overly concerned with genre definitions and intersections. On the other, The Expanding Domain seemingly less invites and more demands that type of scrutiny.

‘Lil Puffy Coat’ – which I’m taking as a playful reference to The Orb’s ‘Little Fluffy Clouds’ amalgamates dislocated Krautronica with shades of abstract industrial to forge a sinister expanse of liquid concrete: grey, heavy, but tactile, its form transitional, not yet set firm, and therefore difficult to define.

The volume and aggression are ratcheted up on the heavily percussive attack that is ‘Fear in Reverse II’, the pounding barrage of metallic hammering reminiscent of Test Department providing the perfectly painful foil to the howling discord that screeches above it.

The title track is definitive: with Dominick Fernow (aka Prurient) and Death Grips drummer Zack Hill contributing additional percussion and Dirch Heather bringing the modular synths, it’s a perfect hybrid of delicate, semi-ambient electronica, gnarly, dark ambient that broods and churns, and throbbing industrial. The result is immersive and unsettling, an album somehow at ease with its incongruity which is melded into a perversely cogent form.

Dedekind Cut – The Expanding Domain

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Something a bit different for us here at AA, perhaps, but Bone Cult’s new single certainly meets our general rubric… The Nottingham two-piece death-electronica band are set to release their new single, ‘Fortune And Sorrow’ on December 12th.

Formed by Sam Hartill (bass, production) and Richard Watte (vocals, guitar, production) with a desire to offer a strong alternative to "the regular four guys in jeans and t-shirt look", the band has since gained high-profile support slots with the likes of The Qemists, Slaves, Sleaford Mods and more.

Championing solid production and strong visuals, on ‘Fortune And Sorrow’ the pair channels the rage of Death Grips, and the energy of The Prodigy via the slick, accessible dance vibes of Daft Punk.

Of the track’s inspirations, bassist Sam Hartill comments: "The track is a return to our original sound on the ‘Blackwork’ EP, and explores the emotions experienced through loss and recovery.
"That feeling of loss refers to the last 18 months where we felt we lost a lot of time and only now have found our momentum again."

Get your lugs round it here: https://soundcloud.com/bonecult/fortune-and-sorrow *

 

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