Science Cult Records
TBR: 27th November
One half of the italo-beat supergroup Outtake puts his pedal to the metal and tests the wheels. Vincenzo Capaldo is here and with the moniker Bardamu is about to release a four track original that verges on the darker side of ebm, krautrock and techno for us as the darker months set in.
It begins with a vibrating melody that creeps along slow inclining stairs. The frantic buzzing slowly steps from position to position as a drum starts pounding a deep and resonant tempo. Sudden and chewy drums and percussion flow in from all sides as layers of drumming merge into choppy waters. Sans Titre builds with awkward uphill motion, as the music builds with discordant mixing and frightening breaks, the progression lurches from ladder to ladder as the energy continues to rise.
Next is Muffin Man. It works up to a climax slowly with the sound of a twisting mechanical device which soon joins scratching sounds and vocal samples. A buzzing sonic vibrates in the weft as intertwined loops continue to add pressure. Soon a drum is given a chance to pound and with plenty of sloshy metal-work, the percussion is given a firm riveting pulse. Dancing energy pushes forward as a break gives way to echoing vocal. Dirty chords and smashing drums then replace the noise and continue to direction of the track. A throbbing tempo underpins an interesting and organic culmination of sounds.
A smooth synthesiser build opens as vocal chatters across distorted airwaves. Cymbals like snorting nostrils sniff a rhythm that's soon bumped up by a repeating snare. Muffled tones and rhythms push onward through a misty thick fog which becomes a marching path of new and dynamic tones. A pulsing bass synthesiser chugs away like landmarks flying by at high-speed. Odd vocalisations mix with tapping percussives and shattering samples that scatter sound in all directions. Lasers and deep depths of bass combine with odd emotive noises. Death At Work combines stressful experience with layered velocity that we allow to happen outside of us.
The final offering is an Instrumental Version of Death At Work. It feels like a straight copy and yet as it opens out like a blossoming decoration, the sounds on offer are clearly not the same. Familiar rhythms find their way in but a certain element of the mix is not there, instead giving way to other more organic sounds that squeak and squash in the resonances.
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Rowan Blair Colver for The Electro Review.