Dwellings – Don’t Say Nothing (Trensmat Records TR039 – 2013)
Every noise has a note, believes Trensmat Records, a label located in Trim, Meath County and Ireland, increasingly pursuing deviant electronics to be cherished by open-minded dance floors.
Chris Haslam aka Dwellings from the Manchester group Gnod was already featured on Trensmat’s big success “Gnod Presents … Dwellings & Druss” and goes now solo with “Don’t Say Nothing”. Technically taken it’s a reissue after an edition of 50 cassettes on Tesla Tapes and during 50 minutes the album will elegantly satisfy the needs for energetic noise and agile drumming.
The opener “Frame Speed” is already in full swing with rattling percussion and magnetizing synth layers. Crooked effects and mechanical pulses constitute an obvious invitation to slamdance in crushing “Drone Invasion”, which could easily be the brainchild of a punk drummer.
“Holographic Mirror” kicks off with mutated Donna Summer bass line to be soon overrun by sludgy reverbs and restless drum set, also very much alive in 10-minute piece “Wave Propagation” surfing on the tides of drone. And last but not least, seventeen minutes of the digital bonus “Under Gun Metal Skies”, which is made of toxic steam, scrap metal and broken robots for a psychedelic soundtrack. Impressive showdown on smoked clear vinyl by Dwellings.