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Rack - Water [Somnolent Shelter Records - 2008]

Rack is the HNW project of New Yorker Jon Paris & Water is his first release which offers up two lengthy, rewarding & searing slices of thick nautical roared wall making.

Up first we have ‘Gray’s Harbour’ which comes in just under the twenty four minute mark and it  finds Paris throwing you straight into tearing sonic mayhem of  wind battering & sea scoring HNW matter. The tracks thick & roaring wall of sound is built around a long  mid-paced storm wind & salty water jittering static tone which Paris unfolds in a nice searing & enjoyable manner through of the pieces length. For most of it’s life the track tends more towards unchanging wall making through Pairs throws in some nice bending, bowing &  distant crashing tones here and there which bring to mind huge steel ships crashing & slamming into rock outcrops, icebergs or other ships in a huge roaring, tearing & crashing sea storm.

Track two is entitled ‘Atlantic Fist’ and this comes in just under the twenty minute mark. The track opens up with a brief sample of a radio sea storm warning before it kicks in with roaring & tearing wall of sound. This track is a lot faster, battering & active in it’s attack than the first track. The wall of sound starts off sounding like a speed-up & amped up recording of a looped sea storm textures, as the track progresses Paris starts develop more battering subzones which pound & hammer each other under the main tone; these  sub-tones bring to mind a huge twister rattling & battering a ships windows & moorings as it's pelted with  nail like rain on every surface.

So ‘Water’ is a nice thick, battering & sea storm licked take on wall making which shows Paris really has a great ability to build brutal unforgiving walls of sound that  move with  subtle yet rewarding textural change, yet they never loose there thick & punishing texture. This release dates to 2008 & there’s only one other split release listed for Rack…so whether the projects still active I’m unsaw, but if you dig thick & unforgiving walls of noise which offer up rewarding & subtle textural changers this is a must have.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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