Droning And Yawning

SUJO – Eilat 

The mind driving the mysterious project Sujo is that of Ryan Huber. Quiet World’s honcho Ian Holloway admits that this 50-copy release is a sort of deviant homage to the music that defined his youth; in fact, Eilat is far from whispered. However, I’m not sharing the enthusiasm (also transpiring from other reviews on the web). To these ears this stuff coincides too much with a pretty standard mix of doom – heavy droning distortion and humongous drum thuds at the forefront – and unremarkable “trance” whose level of instrumental menace is quite one-dimensional. It lasts 33 minutes, yet in spite of such a short duration the sameness of the formula is enough to place this disc in the “unmemorable” folder. Once again, the mountain of semi-anonymity and harsh noise gave birth to the proverbial mouse. (Quiet World)

NICHOLAS SZCZEPANIK – Please Stop Loving Me

Nicholas Szczepanik did his best here to let me comply with the title’s request. It took three listens of this rather monotonous CD to understand that its only use is as mere ambient decoration, at very low level. In that way, one doesn’t realize what is instantly manifest by listening to it after turning up the volume; explicitly, that the music is characterized by unnecessary doses of cute consonance, affirming their “power” in an endless final stasis. Previously to that, there were sections in which the stratifications of what sounds like combined synthesizers had generated some movement worthy of perking the ears up for a while. But when the nearest release on the same imprint is O’Rourke & Heemann’s Plastic Palace People Vol. 2 (see below) you know in advance that the fight is lost. And not just for the comparison. (Streamline)

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