A Deafening Silence
Chemical Imbalance Records
Out Now (Very limited)
Barcelona born experimental electronic musician Subespai released an EP a couple of years ago. Carrers de Sydney was a definitive piece of musical art, shaping the philosophy of noise and drone experimentica further. A small opening for a niche sound allowed Subespai to next work with Sydney music label Chemical Imbalance, who specialise in micro-markets by releasing one of a kind batches of a few dozen cassettes. Something strangely unfamiliar in the music world, however the eclectic value and social status symbology within such things is intangibly undeniable.
This two track release begins with Overtime. The title brings forth mental imagery of unhomely surroundings perhaps with artificial lighting much brighter than the usual lamp. It enters with a multi-layered static. It distorts and fizzes in novel directions yet remains calm and almost unmoving. Clicks and taps break through subtle gaps in the background noise, and as we listen intently to distant phrases hidden in the abstract hum, pitches of intense brightness slam into our awareness and crash over the senses.
Slight rhythms begin to form pattern from chaos, yet the pulsing seems almost removed from the droning electrical personalities. New tones that occupy different audible spaces penetrate previously untampered walls of craggy quietness. Where are we? Perhaps behind a desk that overlooks a room of hard-drives. Sudden organic injections appear to add a human being at the scene of the sound, or perhaps it's a trick played by the resonant machinery.
Silence fades over the sound like a blanket of sleep, allowing the final number to clear its throat. As the airwaves become ever more still in between the art, reflecting on the music allows a non-judgemental appreciation of the uniqueness and novel element from which it grows. Although many artists work in abstract and experimental sound, it takes a lot of courage to strip it down to bones such as these.
As silence fades into noise art once more, thin scrapings of sound make their way over the nothingness to produce a definite something in the space where nothing once was. Although indistinct and perhaps adverse to definition, amplitudes increase until a groaning electrical resistance begins to pile on top of static discharge. Low inclusions deepen the whole experience and breathy windswept metallic swings signify the rising pressures. A thumping bass tone appears from the shadows to strike an eerie chord before sublimely evaporating into the thickening yet formless void.
Abstract sounds for relaxation, art in the air, this EP stands out as something extremely unusual and yet brilliantly workable and palatable. Crafted from the innards of experimental idea and made into something that sits neatly on the shelf of quality material, A Deafening Silence EP writes another page in the book of ambient music.
Available on cassette and digital from Bandcamp
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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