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Namazu Dantai - Black Lily In A White Pond [2:00am Tapes - 2010]

‘Black Lily In A White Pond’ is the first release from German based  noise maker Sascha Mandler's new HNW project Namazu Dantai. Mandler's also in the excellent, but brain screwing noise meets shaman music project Izanami’s Labour Pains.

On offer here are two sides of C20 tape & each side takes in a shifting & often quite complex yet very brutal ‘wall’ of noise. I guess you could call this 'thinking mans HNW' because like his other projects Mandler has put a lot of work into the layers & textures of the noise here, the tapes title & the bright yet slightly un-nevering artwork by Mike Haley of wether. On side one we find the track ‘Black Lily’ which drills in at first with thick, impenetrable & massive storm grey static tone wall of sound. But pretty soon it moves onto slightly thinner &  more shifting yet still thick ‘n’ brutal collection of  tone walls that take-in: almost semi harmonic static sweeps, roaring judders, ripping tone bomb blasts, slowed & distant junk metal clatters and all manner of wall like swirling attacks.

Onto side two & we have ‘White Pound’ which cracks in  with a deeper static road drilling 'n' juddering tone which is licked by a slightly higher pitched ‘glass shaking together’ pitch. As the track goes on Mandler expertly shifts the juddering pitches just slight at first before he opens the track up  into a little loser & more roaring jittering tone attack. This track doesn’t swirl or shift as much as the first  sides track, but it still drifts & melts it’s ‘wall’ in quite a heady & seared violent psychedelic manner.

Namazu Dantai take on ‘wall making’ is distinctively swirling, morphing & often brutally psychedelic in its attack. It’s great to see Mandler putting his considerable mind altering noise talents into a more Harsh Noise Wall form & I can’t wait to hear what he does next with this project.

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Roger Batty
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