Dogs Versus Shadows
Nagasaki Collapse Team
TBR: 15th January
With a limited edition of 50 first pressings CD that contains a full-colour comic as well as the music, Dogs Versus Shadows slams into 2021 with absolute authority. Another dive into dystopian-futurist imaginings stalks the tracklist as a full-length journey through electronic sound configurations and beats carries us through.
A shrill harmony of pitch and buzz grows like the rising sun before dashes and sprints of digital notation flow across jagged horizons. Sparkles of an even higher harmony flutter like colourful insects and birds. A merging of walking and floating gestures amble in clouds of sonic dance. Today Only reminds us that we only get one of each. It's followed by Howzat. A cricket tune perhaps, it rolls like long stretching greens, sodden with rain. A sample cuts through in a haze, before close.
A thundering bass kicks in as a new level of music pinnacles with track three. Brutalist takes us to large-scale facias and orchestrated squares. Mournful pipe sounds curdle among sprinkling mute bells as resonant and atmospheric bass throbs in the undercurrent. Nagasaki Collapse Team is next. With ferocious buzz-saw synthesiser, the music spans into spreads of flashing strobe and glimmering lamp. Various tones and pitches project from occulted fountains yet appear in darkness as spectral and vaporous distinctions. A mournful song of an egregore that scampers the decks of forgotten estates.
Spongy trumpets rise like alien reeds among sludgy footsteps. Out-sprays of gas and colourful spores fling as gravity and mass combine in pressured rhythms. Negatives feels subterranean, damp and formless corridors reach into unknown cavities. Then, a mechanical engine of ruckus grumble-digs in through the walls. This is followed by a declining energy, and silence. Whisks of deep movement spin and coil as radio sounds spill into the centre. Bells clamber together in a brief tapestry that leaves us with Mouth.
A vast synthesiser opens out with bass and floral as plastic drums shift and turn. A wooden percussion then thumps in before metalwork crumbles like some fantastical cake. Spoons perhaps, the combination of rhythms grows again as more beats layer in like custard or cream. Heavy melody in the bass wanders in simple progressions that repeat and evolve as the rhythm goes through a tidal dynamic. Diary Moon seems to have phases, in which we occupy various mental perspectives. Not Spoken About For Years hits us with a discordant and fiery pipe sound that harmonises gently while overpowering us with volume. An uncomfortable sensation pierces the stillness while formula and aesthetic make headway in asserting themselves.
Water notes spill and twinkle in harmonics that resonate from cavernous walls. It wasn't meant to be like this, a simple and underground gambol of one into drippy and dimly lit surroundings. Next is Easy To Build. Wandering bass tones branch out from vinyl pressure that drags with the static needle. Minimal and sombre, a melody grows gently from the ground up which gathers bells once the wind catches its protrusions.
Windows Walls and Locks begins with a deep and thoughtful drone. Electronic telephone sounds with a disturbed and echoing shroud chime in harmonies that ghost in empty rooms. The hum of the generator keeps the space warm as subtle incompatibility grates on its edges. A slow and smoky floatation casts off into far-away waters. Lights on-board symbolise the living, unseen in the night, who go about their individual lives despite being so far away. Whitebeam lends us its energy and lets us peer in.
The final number is Stones and Sticks. Vibrant synthesiser orchestrates a buoyant melody which spreads out in an inflatable area. Drums begin, loose hats slap together in almost time as new sounds flirt with the backdrop. An uplifting combination of climbing melodies and interesting brightness within the sound design brings the splendid dream to a close.
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