Obscure Heaven - Session 05/08/18 [Void Singularity - 2018]Session 05/08/18 is seemingly the first physical release from this Russian noise/HNW project. Obscure Heaven began life at some point in 2017, and have thus far amassed around 50 or so digital releases. The release appears in the form of a CDR/ digital download on British HNW/ noise label Void Singularity- it takes in two sixteen-to-twenty minute tracks, and what we have here is urgent & rapid walled noise.
The CDR comes in an edition of just six copies- these feature a basic jewel case presentation- with PC printed artwork. The front cover features fitting picture of grey, red & white static fuzz- with the spine/ back taking in white text against a black background. As of this review, there are still copies left of this release, though due to the small edition I can’t imagine they’ll hang around long.
Both tracks here are untitled- so getting in the sonic sides of things the first track is the longest at 20.37 marks. This ‘wall’ is built around a constantly spiralling & tightly packed blend of rapid bass bound crack ‘n’ pop- this is edged by smaller & crisper jitters, snaps, and rattles. The textural elements here are not the most original or unique, but the way they’ve been crammed together creates a most effectively entrancing wall- with ones mind nicely get battered, berated, and brutalized by the tight web of noise. The whole thing is seemingly very much set & firm in its structure, yet due to the densely packed hypnotic quality of the wall you remain fully locked into proceedings
Track two slips in at the 16.44 mark, and it brings together a beaded & meaty churn ‘n’ rip- this edged by sweeps of smaller static particles of hiss, grit, and judder. The low-end adds an almost meaty industrial nasty-ness to proceedings, while the smaller elements nicely suck you in, as you try to work out their patter-nation. The layers of noise here seem a little more original than the first track, and added to this is the wonderful feeling of constantly feasting textural detail running through the wall- which keeps you locked into the wall.
There are not that many Russian wall-noise projects, so it’s great to see Obscure Heaven appearing with this debut physical release. I’d say if you enjoy densely packed, yet subtly detailed wall- brutalisation then Session 05/08/18 could well appeal to you- and I look forward to seeing what this project comes out with down the line.Roger Batty