Friday, 24 February 2017

Group Zero - Structures And Light / Kim Myhr and Lasse Marhaug - On The Silver Globe

Cold Wave/New Wave/whatever kind of electronic music you want to call Cathal Cully's Structures And Light album as Group Zero it's simply satisfying from start to finish, completely lacking in pretension and redolent of, yes, those much-loved 80s lo-fi tapes that get shared these days. Whilst the boundaries aren't tested, Cully cleverly plays inside the limits, making the most of a restricted set up and proving that simplicity is no bad thing. The largely stripped back rhythms are given weight on tracks such as Vernissage and the final 12min-plus Zero Symphony (digital only), which builds up a good head of steam(punk) (sorry). Available soon on Touch Sensitive.

Pure atmospherics from Kim Myhr and Lasse Marhaug and no worse for it, by which I mean the 'ambience' here is of cold distant planets imagined by Tarkovsky, perhaps - all shimmering textures, extremely rough around the edges as if solar winds have eroded much of the structure - hold on, what do I mean? 'Space' albums are ten a penny. This is worth more. especially good is the way the pair craft evolving movements and rather than settle for common 'space noise' break it down to mysterious rattling on Part 4 before the final drift into the void where bass pulse heartbeats are all that remain. Quality. On Sofa

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