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Visitation - Don’t Drink The Water [Void Singularity Recordings - 2019]

Don’t Drink The Water is the latest release from Adelaide based wall-noise project Visitation, and it severs up two around thirty-minute examples of densely textured wall-craft. The album comes in the form of either a CDR or digital download- which appears on British wall noise/ noise label Void Singularity Recordings. The CD comes in a jewel case- this takes in monochrome artwork that features rip & torn paper like collage, which of course nicely fits the densely grey, layered and detailed sound of the two tracks with-in. This release came in an edition of twenty copies, and as of me writing this review the label still has copies for sale via their Bandcamp.
Visitation is one of the few Austrian walled noise/ HNW projects- it started in 2016, and has since then put out a steady flow of releases- taking in both splits, stand alones, and digital releases. Behind the project is Adelaide based Shaun Mara- who has a few other wall projects such as Morte Cammina, Girl On The Bridge, and Willow Park. He also runs the Needle And Knife label, which has been actively-if-not rapidly putting out walled noise & related release since 2015. So the project has a good grounding/ history in the scene-which is also highlighted by the two effective & skillful walls on offer here.
The tracks are simply named Part 1 & 2- the first track is the slightly shorter of the two coming in at just over the twenty-eight-minute mark, here we find a tense, active and detailed ‘wall’. It’s constructed around a nicely layer balanced blend of the following textures- a flitting
& buffeting low–end, a hacking rumble, jittering static grain, and a off-pattern rattle ‘n’ shift- which may/ may not be present through-out. Mara stacks these elements up in most engrossingly detailed manner- from the off ones sucked into the multi-layered textured maelstrom in a most appealing manner.
For "Part 2", we once again have a decided layered ‘wall’- but this time around it feels a bit more moody and subtle brooding. We find a looser-yet no less detailed & layered blend of the following elements: a murky & distant bass churn, a buried rumble, and two of three layers of smaller/ finer static grain judder ‘n’ jitter.This track feels very windswept and eerier in its presentation, and rather brought
to mind making your way across a barren vista in the half-light, unsure of what the shapes/ movements are in the near distant. Like the best & most mentally effecting wall noise there’s a great audio trickery afoot, and this comes in the form feeling that it’s constantly showing down/just
about to stop- but of course, in reality, the whole thing is set & firm in it unfold.
In conclusion Don’t Drink The Water is a very solid & well-conceived wall noise release- with both tracks showing Mara’s talent for both interesting texturing, balanced layering, seared moodiness, and just damn appealing wall-craft. Head over to here to pick up a copy of this release, and support both this great project & this label too.

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Roger Batty
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