Danshoku Dino - Plate Tectonics [Void Singularity Recordings - 2019]Plate Tectonics finds this Oregon Portland-based wall-noise project severing up a single fifty-five minute of buffeting ‘n’ bothersome HNW. The release comes in the form of a pro- pressed CDR, that takes in pictures of lava cracked earth, lakes of flaming & flowing red hot molten rock- it came in an edition of ten copies, and as of writing half of this stock is left for sale.
Danshoku Dino project has been active since last year- so far racking up a fairly impressive nearing thirty releases. Seemingly the project has dipped in & out of different noise sub-genres, but this release is very much in the HNW camp. Fairly unusually for a noise project, it’s a two-man venture bringing together Ken and Tim, who also run the KV&GR/Rocs, which has been active since 2009.
The track here is a relatively dense, yet well enough layer separated example of the walled noise genre. It sees the bringing together of a deep & spread out thundering noise drone, with a tight weave of skittering & juddering static- all topped with a thinner rattling feast. Going from the track/ releases title, and the photo artwork- you’d expect extremely deep & thick earth rip bound texturing, but to me it feels more like buffeting air meets- electro glitch-ness- but really that’s just my personal take on the track. Through-out the ‘wall’ retains a very dense & compressing quality about it, so I guess that does hint back to the tense feel of tightly shifting earth plates.
Though-out the tracks entire runtime there’s a quite effective feeling of thick sort of flickering churn about the ‘walls’ make-up, and this is nicely enhanced by the thinner rattling/ feast elements. And while the layers here are in no way nuanced, detailed, or terrible creative in their unfold- the ‘wall’ does have it’s own identity & feel, with-in the denser/ thicker side of the walled noise genre.
In conclusion Plate Tectonics offers up a distinctive enough take on thick & unrelenting HNW- I believe this is my first taste of this projects work- so I’ll certainly be on the lookout for more of Danshoku Dino wall focused work in the future. Roger Batty