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I Dreamt Of Her Beautiful Tentacles - Choked In The Woods [Phage tapes - 2010]

‘Choked In The Woods’ offers up two sides of a C30’s worth of rapid stabbing, twistingly active and ragged HNW matter from Danish project I Dreamt Of Her Beautiful Tentacles. The tape is influenced by and a tribute to the last five minutes of Claude Chabrol’s 1960 French new wave movie ‘Les Bonnes Femmes’ and it’s tale of four Paris shop girls and dark/nasty going-on’s in the country side.

Side one’s ‘untitled’ track builds it’s wall around a crisp and abrasive static rolling & flowing tone that’s underfeed by this weird grey wavering, throbbing and drilling drone which sounds like it could originate from stale, grey guitar feedback sustain. You never clearly or fully hear the wavering grey drone as it keeps darting in & out of the crisp static wall, through you do ever so often get slight almost ominous and black harmonic rings emanating from it. The track as a whole has a very active, rapid and at times frenzied feel to it which keeps you nicely entranced and on the edge of your seat through-out. There are no great structurally changes here except for the odd pull backs in the grey guitar like thumb drone and the odd sudden peak of uninformed static, which almost makes you jump, as you get so sucked into the tracks textured patterns. All told a very nice slice of ‘wall’ making with quite a distinctive unwell and panicked feel about it.

Onto side two and we have another ‘untitled’ track and this tracks ‘wall’ like the first side is based around another very tight, crisp and abrasive tone that’s underfed by a eerier one note wooden whistle like elements that keeps hauntingly calling from with in the boiling centre of the track. This sides track is slightly faster, more  boiling and at times pig fat roasting in it’s feel; it also keeps the  very urgent & in-raged feel to it like the first track. This track is even more stayed and locked in it’s sonic path then the side ones track and the two key elements are just constant looped and rubbed together in a very nasty, but hypnotically pleasing manner.

So in summing two active, intense and nerve frying tracks of very thick HNW matter that have an eerier, haunted and unwell underbelly running through them.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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