Submental – 180º splitrec 29 CD and DL
180º is a new group formed in August 2018 – Nick Ashwood acoustic guitar, Jim Denley bass flute, and Amanda Stewart voice and text.
“180° utilize their long standing connection as musicians to cook up an intense and most experimental menu of eight tunes which possibly make up the most leftfield, unique, outstanding and threatening release on Splitrec. so far, with prepared guitar and pitched down bass flute providing a vantablack DarkAmbient meets Tribal backdrop for Amanda Stewart’s hypnotic Spoken Word sequences and further rhythmic non-vocalisms which, in their rhythmicity, seem to hark back to the chants of Australia’s aboriginal people at times whilst at others, especially in the deep, minimalist and partly PostRock-reminiscing outing that is “Oblique” even touch one’s innermost soul at a very seductive, intimate note with a velvety tone and quasi-singing approach. Furthermore, cuts like the subsequent “Isosceles” introduce a kind of wistful melancholia alongside a certain form of tender musical romanticism and thrilling, slightly varied rhythmic repetition, “Acute” somewhat seems to describe a mental state on the brink to madness whilst “Degenerate” seems to capture outerdimensional hissings from the deepest, lightless vaults of the ultraworld just to name a few. Recommended, this!” Baze.Djunkiii writing in Nitestylez.
“The flux is constant, but its not a jumble, more of a collected chaos, with brief melodic passages and plenty of metallic squeaking and other discombobulated effects tossed in to spike and drive the mix. These guys have a lot of breath, that’s for sure. And even the moments in repose are a bit disquieting. A liberating listen from beginning to end.” T.J. Norris, Toneshift.
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parasite – Rhys Mottley // Prepared guitar splitrec 28 CD and DL
Splitrec proudly presents the first of a series of releases from a new generation of Sydney improvising experimenters.
Vital weekly says, There is some great music captured on this release, all very refined. Frans de Ward
Baze. Djunkiii writing in Nitestylez says
Based on prepared acoustic guitar we see Mottley present an array of three compositions stretched out over the course of 49 minutes, with the opening “Gut Feeling” occupying more than half of the total playtime. This tune, as the rest of the album recorded in an abandoned Sydney sports club, is like a deep meditation on percussive, yet well-stripped down Post-PostRock carefully performed and evolved by the former Metal guitarist who’s able to touch the inner core of the human subconscious with these slightly varied, ever evolving repetitions slowly and steadily progressing into more of an electro-acoustic take on experimental Ambient soundscapes with squealing metal sounds and scraping surface noises whereas the subsequent “Throat Feeling” provides an inward-looking jouney into the realm of minimalist, tenderly plucked guitar figures as well as what can be described as a beauteous, ultra-calm overall vibe for PostRock lovers and those beyond. Finally, “Ear Feeling” brings forward a tense, flickering and partly score’esque arrangement with a slightly post-apocalyptic touch, telling dark tales of lurking, yet unspoken of dangers and a world torn down in which only echoes of human civilisation still exist whilst nuclear tumbleweed finds its way through abandoned streets and into progressively decaying ruins of what once west a thriving metropolis. Great stuff. Recommended.
Here is an interview with Rhys.
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