Valvan - Incomplete Thought [Self release - 2021]
Incomplete Thought is a pleasing raging ‘n’ churning example of walled noise. The forty-nine-minute track mangers to be both blunt and crude, yet dense and muffling too- all creating a nicely encasing near on hour ride into wall-craft. This is a self-released digital album, which can be found just here.
Valvan is an Ohio based project that has been active since 2017- and has built up an impressive back catalogue of well over two hundred and fifty plus releases. I seem to recall hearing some of Valvan work back in 2017, but since (for one reason or another) they’ve passed me by, which is a real pity- as I feel the ‘wall’ on offer here is fairly distinctive and rewarding in its raging ‘n’ churning whiteout quality.
The self-titled track comes in at the 49.13-minute mark. Its ‘wall’ is built around a roughly bayed and buffeted weave of the following- a thick circling roaming, which is akin to the rapid and constant tumble of wooden logs on thick ice. A selection of cluttering-yet-fuzzed jitters, and this distant-yet-billowing down-in-to-the abyss bass tone. These elements are fed together in a crudely hazed and barrenly muffled manner, which cause the effect of the layers blurring and blending at the edges. The whole thing is extremely dense and pressing in its attack, and to be honest it totally and completely blocks out the world around you with headphones on, even at low volume.
Incomplete Thought is a most rewardingly encasing slice of thickly blurring and numbing wall-craft. And I’ll most certainly be checking out more of Valvan other work- there’s a huge amount on the projects bandcamp alone- so a lot of stuff to get my wall-loving teeth into!. Roger Batty