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Torpeur - Untitled [HNW Netlabel - 2022]

Untitled features a single thirty-two-minute example of grinding-yet-ringing walled noise weight-ness, which is both grimly enclosing yet urgently churning in it’s attack. The release appears as a download only on Uk’s HNW Netlabel.

As far as I can gather Torpeur is a French project- which has been active since around 2015, so far putting out only nine releases- which including splits with the likes of Chier. As far as I can recall this is my first taster of the project's work, and I must say this is a fairly interesting take on the walled noise form.
 
The single thirty-two-minute track is a densely constricting and murky mixture of continually-yet-roughly rumbling low-end, looped mid-ranged reverberations, and this constantly tolling/ ringing bell tone. The lows and mids are fairly clear in the mix, while the ringing/ tolling element seems distant & faint. The whole thing brought to my mind images of dusk heavy grey skies, that are hovering with huge chugging bomber planes- and off a mile or so away, we see a deranged priest ringing his churches bell- as if trying to get his God to stop the bombing raid. It’s a very crushing and murky take on wall-making, which when in the right frame of mind can be rather appealing in its blunt constantly rolling darkness.
 
It's always great to discover new walled noise within the French scene, as over the years the country has produced some great projects- for example, Vomir, Chier, Å, and Bördel Noïr to name just a few. I’ll certainly be seeing if I can hear some more of Torpeur work- and I’d say if you enjoy oppressive & weighty HNW you’ll be wanting to check this release out too….and to do just that drop by here 

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Roger Batty
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