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Gasp - In Hiding [Ink Runs Recordings - 2014]

Gasp is the new horror movie themed HNW project from Frenchman Julien Skrobek( Ghost, The Sandman Wears A Mask, Ruine, Butch Bag). And “In Hiding” is the projects first release- the CDR is themed around sleazy, bloody &  disturbing 1980’s US slasher Maniac, which followed the exploits of fictional New York serial killer Frank Zito.

The release features two tracks in all, and each of theses fall around the twenty minute mark. I guess it’s best to describe what we have here as tense & fixed walled noise, built around theme fitting noise textures. Each of the tracks is themed around a certainly scene in the movie, when Zito is stalking his terrified female prey.

So first up we have “Restroom Trap”, and this track brings together a low down brooding ‘n’ rumbling drone texture, and a medium depth line of static crackle- both elements remain in a fixed state through out the tracks running time.  The drone very much brings to mind the distant sound of a tube or train line(the scene this track is themed around takes place in a tube station toilet/ rest room), and the static crackle has a nice feeling of tension about it- all making this ‘wall’ both sonically fitting & entrancing.


“Whispers From The Apartment” presents a ‘wall’ that brings together a fixed ‘n’ dense billowing, and a smaller grained circular ‘n’ fixed wind like crackle. This ‘wall’ has a great taut & tense feeling about it, and it fits perfectly the feeling of a terrorized victim hiding from a blood thirsty killer, or been stalked through a night time apartment block.

I must say I most enjoyed this release, as each track was effectively taut & entrancing, managing to nicely capture the vibe of the films selected scenes. So I very much look forward to hearing more from this project in future- to find out more about this & other releases on this HNW sub label of France’s Ink Runs Recordings pop along here

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Roger Batty
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