Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Stuart Chalmers "god of decay"

Stuart Chalmers
god of decay

I am so glad that aural and the visual are totally cohesive in this release. Visually you get minimal text on the cassette, no label information and an almost completely melted norelco case. Once you extract the cassette from it's almost case you get some almost completely destroyed sounds. It starts out minimal and very glitchy. Silence is torn apart by sudden bursts of distortion and pulses of delayed blips. This becomes pure hostile noise that keeps building with dirty, horrible crashing. There comes a point where this whole first piece is going to be completely made of textures, but then just when you need it, you get some needed contrast in the form of some piercing synths above the fray. The second side takes a much different approach but achieves much of the same results. You really should hear this for yourself; I don't want to give anymore away. I have not heard of Stuart Chalmers but he seems to really have a masterful control of his pedal board. He has a style, a vision and some serious discipline. Obviously someone who knows what he is doing.

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