THIN BONY SCOUR
CD: Paximat Multimag 01 
Straiph hails from the highlands of Scotland: "The ethos and my artistic style comes direct from my environment because of my interest in archetypes dealing with conceptual sound-works around the notion of primordial reverence."
CD opens with "Coptic Caller Calls", a pretty intense,
multi-layered track with various human voice samples (sometimes reminiscent
of a telephone exchange/radio frequency) and fluctuating drones, overlapping.
With several breaks in the music, this 10 minute+ track feels like a collage
or two or three tracks instead of just the one. "Barry Be No
Long " is quite frustrating. It beings with a crackling backdrop,
overlayered voices and then introduces beats building up to some great
rhytmical noise. This track was just starting to go somewhere when it
stopped - "Mycopic Jar" also begs to go farther. "Flatter
Than You" is a short, quiet track with echoing ambient drones,
in a similar style to "AKA" and "Bring Bing".
"Pummel" begins with reverberation under metallic percussion
with strong slow beats emerging alongside glitches. Voice samples take
over with drones leading to strong metallic percussion and beats, toning
down to some distorted rhythms and a French voice to end. This is definitely
the strongest track on the album. Female voices feature throughout (American/French/English
- muses/scientists) with great effect in "Silent in the Corner"
and "Skip a Beating", underlined by deep echoing drones.
Sporadic electronic samples are cut, pasted and manipulated throughout:
"Journey Going Nowhere" and "Com"
are great examples of this. The whole thing culminates with the busy track
"Yakk", featuring most of the voices sampled throughout,
constantly overtaking one another.
[Straiph] / [Paximat Multimag]
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