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Abysse - Marabout [Self Release - 2018]

Marabout is the second release from French project Abysse- whose sound sits somewhere between taunt-to-brooding electro-improv, textured noise, & sparseĖto-abstract electronica. It appeared late last year as a self-released single side C30- that featured a hand made fabric sleeve,inner baggy & a few inlay papers.

The release features a single self-titled track, and really it finds Abysse focusing its sound on its most tense-yet- subtle seared tendencies. The sixteen-minute track is built around a highly controlled textural hiss/billow, which over the tracks length very slowly builds in both its depth & detail. Itís akin to watching something very slowly boil- filling the room with lightly scalding haze. As the track builds and builds it really does create a feeling of build agitation & panic, and as the minute's tick by you want it to both pair-back, yet at the same time increase. Due to this it certainly feels like itís longer than just sixteen minutes.


I guess youíd say as a release Marabout is more towards the textured noise side of things, but due to the careful & considered layer build going on here you canít really fully give it that label- so Iíd say electro-improv with a very textured leanings.

Itís far to say that Marabout is fairly different from the more choppy bass meets static scrubs &  often high pitched sourness of the project's debut Bulles Noires- but itís clearly coming from the same experienced noise mind. All in all, itís an impressive follow-up, and Iím keen to hear more of Abysse.

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Roger Batty
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