Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

A Vibrant Struggle - Soft Illusions [2:00AM Tapes - 2010]

Soft Illusions apparently represents the eighth release so far to be edited solely from a single recording session from back in September 2007 when Sindre Bjerga, Jan M Iverson and Steffan de Turck tucked themselves away in a wooden cabin in the mountains of Hovden, Norway for just one weekend to, as they put it, “fill up a pile of tapes”.

So for this eighth volume of ‘The Molten Snow Tapes’ the trio have determined two twelve-minute cuts of their city-break improvisations that both reflect the presumably cold climate and rudimentary nature of their chosen location. ‘Buzzin for Hum’ gives almost everything away from its title, consisting of throbbing hums and buzzing pulses sewn together by the most minimal of marches on a crusty old drum machine. The initial bleak hum recalls the mid-range drone of the rocketships in the thirties’ Flash Gordon serial, but unfortunately doesn’t share its “thrilling, strange world adventures” as their clumsy interplay is filtered up and down the frequency range accompanied by random feedback. That is until a burbling acid pad arpeggiates unexpectedly across the dour drone evolving into a light alien rain before petering out into sparse droplets.

Second cut, ‘Dead City’ also confuses in it’s unplanned journey that starts out with an electrical hum like automated transport that is continually interrupted by what seems like accidental rattles and creaks. Not before long a lightly distorted bass lazily injects a bit of regulation, creating a single-note rhythm not dissimilar to early Throbbing Gristle bass lines, before a distorted guitar whips up a tundra for power chord and feedback. These two elements fight like Japanese movie monsters for control, one strengthens as the other weakens and re-charges before they manage to vapourise each other into the ether.

Despite some brief moments where the limited sound sources contrast playfully, the pieces feel like they rely on serendipity alone and were probably much more fun to create than to consume. Although any exploration is better than none, this doesn’t always mean that treasures will be abundant along the way and ‘Soft Illusions’ feels more like an exercise in prospecting than a bounty displayed.

Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5Rating: 2 out of 5

Russell Cuzner
Latest Reviews

A Vibrant Struggle - Soft Illusi...
Soft Illusions apparently represents the eighth release so far to be edited solely from a single recording session from back in September 2007 when Sindre Bj...
050321   Columbia Noir #2 - Columbia N...
040321   Bill Thompson - Ocean Into L...
030321   Coil - A Guide For Beginners ...
030321   Paul Chain - Opera Decima (Th...
030321   Pulse - Pulse(Blu Ray)
020321   Kadaver - Asphyxiation For Th...
020321   Crag - Body Low
020321   Amado & Serries - Jazzblazzt
280221   Tarab - Housekeeping
260221   The Sleeper - The Sleeper(Blu...
Latest Articles

Mark Polonia - Of gore-bound far...
When one thinks of gore-bound, yet creative Short-On- Video films of the 1980’s & 1990’s- the first two names that come to mind are Mark and John Polonia...
170221   Mark Polonia - Of gore-bound...
100221   Danny Hyde - Coils of an Arab...
191220   Best Of 2020 - Music, Sound, ...
171220   Cold Light Of Day Interview w...
151220   Rien - Into The Crackle ‘n’ C...
181120   Llyn Y Cwn - Dark Elemental A...
151020   James Shearman - London Walling
220920   The Lux & Ivy Compilations In...
250820   Paige Davis, Michael Raso & L...
220720   The Residents - Old Dog’s Sti...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom