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b/b/s/ - Brick Mask
'Supergoups' tend to be a difficult prospect at the best of times; it's usually a case of too many ideas, too many egos and too much to prove. Occasionally though, a bunch of otherwise solo musicians come together and the bundle of sticks actually catches fire. 'Brick Mask' is one of those rare occasions, and the most astonishing part is how hard it is to hear the lines between each of the three musicians. Made up of Miasmah boss and half of Deaf Center Erik Skodvin, Nadja man Aidan Baker and experimental don Andrea Belfi it's a surprise to hear that the trio opt for a wise 'less is more' aesthetic. Taking cues from the sparser, darker, more rhythmic work of Supersilent, Skodvin's haunted guitar tones act as the backdrop to Belfi's propulsive rhythms and Baker's metal-primed guitar drones. Each of the three musicians has a job to do but the definition between each blurs and fades with each note. 'Brick Mask' is not simply another throwaway collaboration, this is the creation of a new entity, and one we'll be keeping a very close eye on.