Boomkat Product Review:
N1L wrenches out a thistly batch of bangers for Opal Tape with 山卂ㄒ乇尺 爪乇爪ㄖ尺ㄚ, serving a more aggressive follow-up to the Latvian artist’s releases for UIQ and Where To Now?
At the risk of playing up to stereotypes, this gear is just the kind of harsh, immediate and brutally emotive dance music we’d expect to hear in a Baltic warehouse surrounded by Soviet military ephemera and with Russian spy drones hovering overhead. Make sure to check the bone-rattling demands of ‘crawlspace’, the ice-cold and caustic thrust of ‘alpha fail’, and the bombed-out designs of ‘undo the anthropocene’ for the strongest, hellish feels...
“Seven chapters of anachronistic, lovecraftian horror & burning cold alien limerence brought forth through the advanced cauldron skills of N1L.
Vast, devastated terrain is covered here, burned down in psycho action-movie montages of tuned percussion and pacing, predating bass music. Viperous snatches of melody, of disembodied voice and the promise of calm rise through in tracks like “fernweh I,II,III” while dread-nought dub treads on for “ijsv.0gel”.
N1L dials up the INA-GRM gone Hammer Horror in the remarkable compositions of the closing 8 minutes. A maelstrom of pure, refined sound recalling Dhomont and Bayle at their most negative. Utterly enthralling and resolutely unflinching.
Stay alert while sleepwalking.”