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Signal Quintet - Yamaguchi [Cut - 2007]

Yamaguchi is an excise in shrink wrapped audio dread and paranoid, with the three tracks here building up an  suffocating mix of improvised dwellings and barely moving but deeply unsettling and uncomfortable aduio air.

To build this tight airless and dread filled atmosphere they utilize the following; analog synthesizer & percussion played by Jason Kahn, guitar & electronics played by Tomas Korber, cracked everyday electronics manipulated by Norbert Möslang, ipods & electronics played by Günter Müller and lastly but certainly not least contrabass played by Christian Weber. Through there are a fair few sound and instrumental textures and elements at play, for most of it’s near on hour life this is stripped down throbbing white neon uneasy, with the odd more building and louder elements here and there. The group aptly building a patch work of tiny sounds taking in; instrumental sawing and plucking, found sound elements, dry panic crackles and static settles and low feedback sufferings. As well as unpleasant ambient hovering, bass throbs and chokings . At points the audio air  is almost unbearable  tight as they build and build the sound tension to such a pitch you’re almost holding your breath and starting to sweat on your brow. It takes really talent, dedication and musical focus to create such a tangible and threatening atmosphere from very little, making it also rewarding and able to keep ones attention through out. Put this on in the background of a dinner party and it will get your guests twitchy and nervously moving in their chairs unsaw exactly why.
 
It all comes in a rather lovely and innocuous screen printed folder, which indicates none of the nail biting fear and paranoia that lies in wait for you. To buy direct and hear samples slip into this cut.

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Roger Batty
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