Veins Full Of Static
Out 6th December
Disintegration State, the Manchester based masters of mashed waveforms and seductively sampled synths, return with a new release from Veins Full Of Static. With a strong theme of travel without moving, perhaps like the navigators of Frank Herbert's Dune universe, we are treated to a spacial and temporal journey through the medium of sound. Merging minimalism with the sonic avant-garde, Yorkshire resident Veins Full Of Static continues to amaze and astonish with this flux of musical originality.
It begins with May As Well Be Alone. A disparate synth warbles forward with ever-building chord pressure. The airy pad draws in with multiple notes that merge as deep resonance and breathy whispers. A picture unfolds with elements of scenery building with each bar. A wave breaks and new sounds spill out of the eggshell that bring a glowing radiance to the progression. Slow and subtle shifts in tone and amplitude continue to bring more colours and sensations to the conscious surface.
It turns over a page as the next track breaks free. Drawn out sonic apparitions begin to shine from dusty corridors of granular sound. As the winds spiral in the distance a puncturing note spreads out with harmonious outflow. A rhythm can be heard, building gracefully behind a curtain of incandescence. Percussion continues in bursts of timing, the drumming becomes audible and individual shakes and kick drums can be heard. As this appears and fades with the passing moments, the pressure of the synthesiser still grows and branches out with subtle radiance. Gathering Darkness Holding Company opens like a flower.
Last Exist alternates and begins with a rhythm. A train like tempo creeps forward which gives way to a layer of bass which chatters through the centre. Repeating drums with heavy distortion follow the line of the bass which swoops and drifts at catchy intervals. A break sets more rhythm free and a dancing element is given the spot-light. Tribal like loops of drumming create a hypnotic allure while the digital effects bring out a more experimental and modern edge. The music grows further as bubbling synths mingle with singing voices which decorate the underside of the tempo heavy offering.
Next is Qualia. That sensation of connectivity and knowing, self-generated and illusory, however poignant and full of subtle wisdom. It sounds like distant voices having a jovial conversation among heavenly notes which whistle in chiming melody. This short number breaks the tension and gives headroom for the rest of the album.
An ambient drone opens out for the next track. Then shaking bass notes wobble and craft through the abstract ambience. Your House Is Burning has a sinister title and so the music translates with eerie shadows and careful jostles of sound. Like floorboards creaking underfoot or under-flame, the pressure grips and tightens the fabric of sound with twisting motions. Energy fizzes beneath abstract buckles as glowing synths create a wall of emotionally relevant pitches and sensations. With gradual layering, the track starts to build and tower over us in a leaning inferno that jetties across the chaotic netherworld below.
With a shout and a hoot the next track begins. A punchy drum-beat penetrates the atmosphere and staples the billowing soundscape to a hard surface. Rubbery warbles and rotating synthesiser combine as a two-step drum bashes out a persistent rhythm. Speckled bass glistens within pockets while airy head-waves wash across the mental boundaries of sound. Ordinary Monsters builds with repetition and progressive melody, building and reinforcing in turns taken by an abstract notion of change.
Synecdoche, Barnsley completes the album. Ethnic waverings dismantle atmospheric pads as they splash out over cupped hands. A deep sound pushes through, building harmony through effervescent chords across a multitude of digital voices. A build-up that breaks like a dawning sky insists that with each passing second yet more illumination scatters the darkness into the distant corners. A sleepy yet invigorating combination of melodics span sonic horizons and paint the scenery with vibrant daytime colours.
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Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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