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See Through Buildings - A Delicate System [Void Singularity Recordings - 2019]

A Delicate System servers up two half-hour examples of creative and decidedly atmospheric walled noise from this Detroit, MI project. The release appeared in July of this year on Uk label Void Singularity Recordings- coming as either a C60 or digital download.

See Through Buildings has been active as a project since 2015, and has racked up a backlog of nearing 100 releases. The project has always maintained a good balance between dense & thick more traditional wall-craft, and more experimental/creative fare- with a keen focus on mood & atmospheric- so you always guaranteed of well convinced & executed noise matter from the project, and exactly what you get with A Delicate System.

The first sides track is “Delicate Underfoot”- and this begins with a blend grind-to-spiting static drone, choppy ‘n’ cluttering grained noise, and a  buried & constantly tolling tone, which adds a feeling of ominous disquiet to the 'wall'. As the track progresses the noise layers seem to thicken up as if one's been pulled deeper & deeper into a tearing ‘n’ ripping static cloud cover- with the tolling unease still progressing, and possibly slight extending underneath, but it’s difficult to fully tell as the layers of noise become so thick and pressing, yet at the same time cleverly balanced & nuanced so you can identify each.

The second sides track is “Tidal Movement”- and this is extremely full & thick from the outset with a mixture of rapidly scarping, feasting & rattling noise fed into an overwhelming, yet still defined 'wall'. Underneath this searing mass of noise we can just barely make out atmospheric billowing-to-droning texture, which one can never fully quantify- so instead it makes for a moody & distant back shadowing to the manically slicing, Chopping, and feasting noise wall.  At around the mid-way point, there sounds like there’s an almost pelting & raging harmonic wash seeped into the foundations of the piece- but once again this is very much buried under a searing mass of wall matter, though it does add a sort shrill & bright intensity to the whole thing. In it’ last six or minutes the noise mass thins back somewhat- so you can make out the fair abstract semi harmonic collections of tones, which at one point may well have been some form of music.

I’m guessing it must be around a year or two since I last heard new material from See Through Buildings- so it’s great to hear with this release that the project still has it distinctly atmospheric feel that’s edged with subtle creativity. At present, the label still has copies of this release left for sale, and I’d say if you after hellishly dense, yet moody wall matter pick this up before they disappear.

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Roger Batty
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