CD: Nautilus NA07 
I - Over
Si II - Inside
Si III - Under
Si IV - Shine In
Si V - My Village Was Under The Lake Mix
Si VI - Outside
reviewer friend of mind told me that he was so fucked off reviewing the
same old black ambient shit time after time that he had started to concentrate
more on writing up the covers than the actual music. I must add here that
it wasn’t anyone associated with Aural Pressure. I have no friends
there. They all think I’m weird and a Neo-Nazi. Which is untrue.
But if ever I get in power all the Geordies, Scousers and Cockney cunts
will be the first in line for the Death camps. Least I forget I had also
better include the Welsh and a country beginning with the letter F…and
it isn’t fucking Finland. Let it be so. Anyway I digress somewhat.
DEF, and a big smarty point to anyone out there who knows what that stands
for, are another new group on an already crowded scene hoping to make
an impact with their debut titled, rather imaginatively, "C".
Must have been one hell of a brain storming session to come up with that
one. The questions that therefore must be asked are: Do they make the
grade? Do they justify my precious time writing about them? Are they original
and different enough to warrant your investigation, and more importantly,
your money? In my usual time honoured fashion here are the answers you
require. As a group whose work ethic borders on the experimental ambient
/ avant-garde side to music they do in fact fill this niche nicely. So
a resounding ‘Yes’ to making the grade. Whatever the fuck
that is. Their music is suitably ‘far out’ but without going
too overboard in the weirdness stakes. Which is a big plus. I do like
my music to approach some level of cohesiveness without having the piss
taken out of me. So a big ‘Yes’ as my time spent listening
to DEF was actually very enjoyable and well worth revisiting in the future.
But …‘No’ its not original and…‘Yes’
it is different enough to hold your attention. The mix of out of context
rhythms, distorted voices, swelling noise, unforgiving drones and speckled
electronic waves are varied enough to stave off boredom. There are many
parts that just gell so intriguingly perfectly you forgive the pieces
that you didn’t quite connect with. Goes with the territory as they
say. When it does works it sucks you into a beautifully constructed void
that’s inescapable yet pleasurable. Lastly… ‘Yes’
it is worth spending your money on. Dare to be different and try out something
that at least has the balls to rise above the stagnant pool of ambient
music clogging the scene and you’ll find it a worthwhile purchase.
My friend wouldn’t have liked the cover though. The picture of a
cut through piece of marble / stone of some description leaves a lot to
be desired. Unlike the music.