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Damien De Coene - Only You Alone Inside Hollow Out The Words [Self release - 2021]

Here’s a nearing half-an-hour slice of churningly grim & terminally glum textured noise from Flanders based noisemaker Damien De Coene. Over the last few years, he’s become a master of this type of hope sucking wall-craft, and this here is another fine example of the form.

The release appears as a self-released digital download. With the cover artwork taking in a monochrome picture of a group of men with a horse in a field, it looks like a film still and looks kind of familiar too though I can’t place it at present.

The single self-titled track here comes in at the 26.24 mark. And for terminally bleak wall craft, the track has a decidedly rapid ‘n’ choppy pace- it’s built around a deep abyss like droning, which is topped with a choppy ‘n’ worn gallop. These elements are fed out in a muffled ‘n’ murky manner, with some nice low-key and weathered sub-tone detail coming into play along- we have subtle grit pops, lose barely-there rattles, light-yet-barren buffetings, and distant choppiness. It feels like the whole thing is getting slowly, but surely more rapid, buckled, and worn as it progresses- but I’m not sure it really is or it’s just a trick of the wall/ one’s mind- either way it’s a compelling example of hope battering wall-craft.

It’s great to hear new work from Mr De Coene, as he always embeds his work with a feeling of real troubled starkness and subtle creative flair. And Only You Alone Inside Hollow Out The Words is a prime example of both these- so head over to his bandcamp, and pick this release up this name your price download.

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Roger Batty
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