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Chawed Froy - You'd Be So Much Better Without Bones [The White Visitation - 2021]

You'd Be So Much Better Without Bones is a half an hour slice of gloomily churning ‘n’ creepily bobbing drone matter/ ANW from this new project- that brings together two respected figures from the US wall noise underground- Sean E. Ramirez-Matzus (theNIGHTproduct, Thewhitehorse, A Week Of Kindness, Red Hook), and Scott Kindberg( S. Schon, She Walks Crooked, Silver Moult). The release appears as either a cassette tape, or digital download with copies of either been purchased from here
 

The project takes its name from a rather unsettling character who stalks children, hides under beds, and talks through pipes. Chawed Froy appears in one of the stories from the horror fiction podcast The  No Sleep Podcast( series 8 episode 25- story My Dad Finally Told Me what Happened That day). I’m reviewing a digital promo of the release- so can’t comment on the tape's packaging, but it seems to feature oversaturated TV screen pictures- of someone lying on a bed, a smiling woman with just her mouth showing, and a murky/ grey still of outside a window.
 
The single track here slides in at the thirty-two-minute mark. It’s built around a thick  'n' hazed blend of constantly rolling ‘n’ murky bass drone, and gentle static grain pop ‘n’ snap. This is topped with moments of creepy rattle ‘n’ knock, occasional deeper drone rises, grimy rumbles and latter more rattling/ loser jarring texturing coming into place. The ‘wall’ creates an effective feeling of hope muffling barrenness, which feature nicely subtle chilling touches. I’m not sure if I found it quite unsettling as some of Sean’s creepy walled work with his other projects like theNIGHTproduct- but what we get here is an effective feeling oppressive murk that’s darted with moments of dread and unease.
 
It’s nice to see Sean and Scott collaborating on the Chawed Froy project, and let’s hope this isn’t a one-off release as the pair do conjuring up a rewarding feeling of oppressive, at points eerier sonic murk-ness, which will certainly appeal to those who enjoy starkly droning sound worlds for late-night listening.  I wanted to give this a two and a half mark, but as we don't do half marks I've gone for a two

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Roger Batty
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