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Missing Girls - Untitled [Breaching Static - 2011]

“Untitled” offers up a very sparse & spaced slice of minimalist ambient HNW. Missing Girls is the more minimal crackling ‘n’ static HNW project of Swedish based Karl T of Audrey Hepburn obsessed HNW project Skönhet, & the great HNW tape label HarshFuckedForLife Records.

The projects theme/ concept is based around girls & female teenagers who have disappeared  rom around the world.  This release takes on the case of 13 year old Amanda Robinson who disappeared in Swansea , Wales in 1979. The release features her picture on the front cover, and inside a small piece of paper listing her appearance & when she disappeared. It’s a grim ‘n’ quite uncomfortable concept for a project, but it does add a nice unnerving feeling to the ‘wall’ with-in.

On offer here is a single untitled track which slides in just under the hour & four minute mark. The track starts out with a pin-prick like pattern of extremely minimal & small static nicks or pops- these are laid seconds apart or group together in highly sparse patterns, and at times one is reminded of an extreme spartan version of Raster Noton’s stripped electronica- yet this never really becomes rhythmic or repetitive in form.

Around the 10th minute there’s a sudden break in the pin prick patterns as there's a brief sustained hiss of static, but this last less than 30 seconds. And then we’re once more back to the pin pricked static patterns, though things now seem a little more active with less spaces between each pin prick, yet it's still deeply minimal & stark in it's feel.

Though-out the rest of the track Karl T suddenly & randomly breaks the static pin prick patterns with sudden washers of sustained static hissing ‘n’ whosh. Though the pin pricked static textures do take up most of the tracks running time, these sudden jars of full on texture are very effective.

All told this release is deeply sparse &  stripped in it’s feel- one needs to really focus-in & concentrate of the main striped pin pricked static patterns, because if you do the sudden & short burst of new textural matter seem so much more rewarding & effective. Clearly this is not a release for everyone, and even the most seasoned wall-heads may find this too sparse & striped, but if your willing to put in the time, effort & concentrate to this release it does certainly reward you.

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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