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Absurde - Diyu [Ensemble Vide Records - 2015]

Diyu is a c90 release from French husband & wife wall noise duo Absurde(Charlotte and Julien Skrobek), which appeared in 2015 on the pairs own label. And it offers up two side long slices of dense & fairly fixed yet rewarding wall-craft.

The shop brought c90 comes in a single sided colour & stuck-on text sleeve. This features a collage like  picture of  various bank notes- So I’m guessing the concept of the whole release is  either banking, spending money or, consumerism.

Side ones track comes in the shape of "Ten Courts Of Hell". And this ‘wall’ is built around a blend of the following:  A locked & juddering mid-ranged churning. Tight coils of buzzing ‘n’ jittering texturing, and  a continually tumbling yet slightly blunt rumble. Together these textures create a dense & unstoppable, yet oddly pleasing & strangely comfy track. Though-out the  'wall' remains set in it’s mass save for some very subtle sub-tone shifts.

Side two’s track is entitled "Eighteen Levels Of Hell". The track features a fixed though slightly wavering/ flickering rumble, and this played over by repetitive mesh of slowly roasting/ flame like textural patterning.  Though once again this track is  fairly dense & firm in it’s unfold, though the wavering rumble creates quite cosy simmer, which at times suggests the whole thing might drift to ANW yet it never really does.

So in summing up  Diyu- it’s another very worthy release from the project with both sides of tape offering up rewarding & entrancing ‘walls’. And as of writing the label still has copies available

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Roger Batty
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