Avi Shaked for http://www.maelstrom.nu:
Sound conglomerates wrapped by white noise, feedbacks and scratches, are delivered in quantum doses on this new electronic/noise release by the adventurous Igor Krutogolov (Kruzenshtern & Parohod, Karate Band), who seems to explore a different ground on every new release of his. This time he does so with the help of a drum machine, a washing machine, bass, voices and drums.
The dose-manipulation here creates pulses, which are not necessarily ones that vibe through your body, but instead they dictate a rhythm that absorbs the listener and sets a comfortable, even if dissonant, ground for him to observe the developing occurrences (something that Amnon Wolman’s Sustains, which is also reviewed in this issue, largely misses). These foundations also make the exploration more noteworthy and not just chaotic as it is on the new, more organic Moha! release (also reviewed in this issue).
By the time it all starts to literally get on your nerves, the fourth track, “white,” arrives bringing an almost crystal clear ambience. In quite an expected but nonetheless vital maneuver, violent perturbations begin to threat the serenity, and even though it manages to evolve into a spin on art-rock for a brief moment, it is eventually cut brutally by another quantum of formed noise.
The fifth track, “red+brown,” returns the album to its hoarse course, and while the rest of the road continues in a similar fashion almost until the end (the eighth track, which also goes by the name “white,” does bring another breeze in, though), I have no doubt that noise addicts will appreciate this release, as it is intricate in its noise-buried subtleties, and rank it even higher than I did.
[It is a shame that this release is on CDR format, as it definitely deserves a more serious pressing. The accompanying artwork, however, is worthy of your attention as it relates thoughtfully to the music.]