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Version - Version [Textural Nightmares - 2015]

Version is a new project that brings together two of Europe's most progressive & creative artists from with in the walled noise/ static noise genre. It brings together uk  based Clive Henry, who has been creating rewarding & original HNW/ANW since 2010. And highly prolific & multi project linked French wall noise maker Julien Skrobek (The Killer Came From The Bronx ,Ghost, The Sandman Wears A Mask, Ruine, Butch Bag, Gasp, Ruine, etc).  Like the other releases on this label this self titled release tries to take static noise/ walled noise to somewhere new/ different- the focus of this release/ project( ?) is to try & create a dub version of walled noise utilizing a standard HNW set-up.

The release comes in the form of mini 3inch cdr, and this comes in a mini plastic case- artwork wise the cover is fairly minimal, taking in the projects logo & a picture of a vinyl record on the front, and on the back we get two small vinyl record pictures & the labels name. And inside the case, along with the unlabelled disc, we a cream inlay detailing the two tracks running time, when it was recorded ( may 2015), and web links.

As mentioned above the release takes in just two tracks- both of these are untitled, and each comes in around the nine minute mark. Track one is built around two key elements- a low down gurgling ‘n’ organic like rumble, and  agitated cave drop like textured- both of these elements have quite a synth quality about them.  And together they create a great feeling of inclosing & surrounding alien subterranean-ness, which seems to get more feasting & manic as it progresses- but I think in reality both elements are fairly firm in their patterns, though there maybe are some subtle adjustments here & there.

Track two rather strips things back to the taut & inescapable sonic place, as it brings together a tense continual rolling electro drill/ judder, and this is webbed by a thinner( but no less taut) scraping/circling texture. Once again there is quite a sustain synth feel to the tones, but this time around it’s a lot more pinning & airless in its feeling.

As one would  have expected from such a respected & talented pairing this is a great début release, and I do hope we get more from this project. As I really feel  this some of the best work  Julien has done on his recent forays into focused & unmoving synth like texturing( with projects like Persona & Oscuro), and Clive really adds something nicely taut & airless of his own to the proceedings.

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

Roger Batty
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