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Where Is This - Paunch [Bored Bear Recordings - 2013]

“Paunch” presents the listener with just over an hours worth of grimly yet creatively & subtle shifting walled noise from this irish project- who since 2009  has released both harsh noise, synth based industrialized sounds, and of course HNW.

The  single track starts out with a nice sleazed ‘n’ lo-fi mix of fixed yet faded billowing bass drone, thin & uneven crackling noise, and a buried sort of subtle swarming on/off water like field recording. To start with the ‘walls’ pace is wonderful slowed ‘n’ hazed, with this musty sort of hypnotic air hovering around the proceedings.

By around the 5th minute the billowing bass drone seems to have become more urgent, with the crackling static also becoming more persistent & rapid too- also the tones seem to start to become slight blurred & mashed into one another.

At around the 9th minute mark, just when you feel it might really take off, the billowing speed & tone drops back. And the now more active & complex textural crackle ‘n’ weave tones come to the forefront of the track

As the track carriers on it subtle & expertly shifts through the stereo channels, speeds-up  then slows down, and  also shifts between thick & thinner noise textured mass- yet through-out the 'wall' still retains it's sleazed & musty air.  In it’s last quarter of an hour the shift between slow ‘n’ faster/ thinner ‘n’ dense ‘wall’ matter gets quite manic, as Where Is This pulls the track back 'n' forth, and in 'n' out

“Paunch” is an enjoyable & sleazy long form ‘wall’, that keeps one attention firmly held through-out it’s full length. To buy this direct pop over to Bored Bears blog here.

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Roger Batty
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