artifacts of the no-audience underground: daniel thomas & kevin sanders – transit timing observations from kepler

September 20, 2012 at 10:35 am | Posted in new music, no audience underground | Leave a comment
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Daniel Thomas & Kevin Sanders – Transit timing observations from Kepler

(CD-r in mini DVD case, hairdryer excommunication, edition of 50)

Daniel Thomas (Hagman, Sheepscar Light Industrial) and Kev Sanders (Petals, hairdryer excommunication) have collaborated on two lengthy drone/noise pieces, presented to us as the album above.  News to brighten the darkest morning, I’m sure you’ll agree.  I was swooning at the prospect of these pin-ups of the no-audience underground going at it and the resultant offspring is predictably angelic.  I’m told its gestation was as speedy and ferocious as a wriggly, tentacled thing from Prometheus – testament to the alien virility of its parents.  The two tracks are simple, deep and an intriguing mixture of the natural and the artificial, like a lake created by flooding a quarry.

‘Greenhead, dark’ is a rising, rolling, roar.  A creature of mist and smoke, smothering its surroundings only to be burnt off by the gentlest glow of dawn.  A field recording of birds twittering cuts through the oily drones like lemon juice cleans greasy fingers.  ‘For Lincoln Green’ starts with a lovely recording of a monstrous rain storm drenching the beautiful garden city of Leeds.  A heavy, pushing throb is then introduced which remains pretty solid state through the majority of the piece.  Eventually this lightens into an ecstatic, crackling, hair-clipper fuzz and escapes samsara altogether with a satisfyingly cinematic fade out.

There are (at least) two ways to listen to this.  One is to let the dominant roars and throbs act as a welcome ego suppressant, the other is to concentrate, brow furrowed.  The rewards of the former are the mental equivalent of a hot bath, the latter is the approach for industrial archaeologists.  Taking a trowel and brush to this reveals rusted gears with glinting diamond teeth, motionless but still suggesting strange grinding epicycles.

There was going to be another paragraph in which I revisit the metaphor of cartography with relation to Kev’s (and now Dan’s) working methods but, listening to these elegant tracks again, that level of clever-cleverness seems, well, unnecessary.  Some other time…

This album is wonderful.  Available for the can’t argue, bargain price of £3 all in for UK punters (a little more for exotic international types – ask Kev and he’ll sort you out).  Buy here.

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