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Train Cemetery - Ambient Noise Wall [Self Release - 2021]

Ambient Noise Wall is a new release from one of the more skilled names in the walled noise/ textured noise scene, Russian noise maker Sergey Pakhomov here under his Train Cemetery name. The release is just a digital download, which is available from Sergey’s band camp- and it features a single one hour and thirty-minute track.

Artwork wise we get a murky and monochrome picture of a jaw yawning open skull- which I guess is fitting enough because some of the textures here have a fairly ghoulish manipulated bone type quality about them. To check-out or download the track head over here

As soon as you start playing the track you know you are listening to Pakhomov’s work, as he has a very recognisable way of building, detailed & layering his wall work- which really sounds like no one else. The spot on one hour and thirty-minute track opens with a nice slow fading in, which builds up both a feeling atmosphere & advancing texturally intrigue.

By around the three minutes & forty five-point the ‘wall’ is fully defined & clear- and as we’ve come to expect with Pakhomov both the textures & their layering/ balancing is masterful & perfectly nuanced. We find a very detailed blend of: churning-though-slightly buffeting low-end stone-like grinding, smaller snapping textures that are fed into a constantly descending flow, and thinner jittering & skittering scapes-to-micro knocks. Together these elements are fed together in a most spell-binding manner- with ones mind first following one texturally trail then another, with the perfect mix creating such clarity & detail to the ‘wall’.

It’s always nice to hear new work from Pakhomov as he really is such a skilled master of detailed & nuanced wall matter/ textured sound- and with Ambient Noise Wall he’s once again put out a most appealing long-form example of detailed & textured noise craft.

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Roger Batty
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