Boomkat Product Review:
Room40 catch a seriously heavy vibe from SWANS guitarist Norman Westberg with reissue of his self-released pressure system, '13', written while on tour and while recording with his band in 2013.
Gleaned from a minimal set-up of bowed Gibson EB Bass, an Ibanez AS80, and a Mini Martin acoustic fed thru webs of delay, reverb and effects, the time-served New Yorker (30 odd years and counting) draws deep upon superstition and personal experience to yield three nocturnal American panoramas, each recorded in one pass with minimal editing.
Thanks to new remastering and post-production by Lawrence English, the piece is now uncannily suspended in time and space, revealing its harmonic intensity as effective as Alessandro Cortini's synth experiments, and also with the elemental scale and majesty of Jon Porras' recent solo work and VALLENS scapes.
A foreboding trip into the dark heart of American guitar dronescapes.