The snow banks outside provide a good inspiration to compare this release with an avalanche. It’s as powerful and overwhelming but, unlike the unharnessed power of the nature, this experience is taking you over in slower motion – till you find yourself buried under it.
The first, title track, has mechanic beats as well as Uta Adler’s breaths and pauses. You sit like onboard of an icebreaker pushing through a frozen sea with engines under heavy pressure; vibration and chugging goes to the bone. We hear the supremacy of machines par excellence in the B1-track “Tight” with ghostly echoes and voices. “Darkroom Beats” paints a picture of a 30-square-meter cellar, the walls clad in black plastic, where strobes are gone mad. Again, the pace is not making you dizzy but atmosphere is darker.
Irishman Jay Ahern created with Stefan Schneider under the Hauntologists moniker two impressive EPs. The current one, co-produced by Serbian Goran Simonski, is a piece of art for this new label.