Boomkat Product Review:
Gnod’s Paddy Shine burps an intently-focussed album vacillating Phurpa-like throat music with airy cosmic ambience and folk drones in the 1st part, and segueing from languid raga-blues back to stereo-panned vocal meditations and calving cosmic noise in the 2nd part.
“Paddy’s manipulated and looped vocals are the main sonic source throughout the hour long tape. Split into two half an hour sides, the AYN SØF debut is designed for total immersion. Going through a blow by blow account of what is discovered in these long form pieces would ruin the journey for the listener. What I will say is that it is incredibly deep, dark, slow moving and mysterious. An alien coma imagining primitive people and their esoteric folk music. Huge caverns of rock, lit dimly by ominous voices and flares of artificial light. There are echoes of fractural dub, sufi music and other forms of indigenous ritual song which to me certainly invoke Native American music, especially on Side A where Paddy’s vocals are especially keening and beatific, as if calling to the sky in admiration and wonder. All these elements coexist in a tombed world both ancient and astral. Speaking to Paddy about the album, I know the materials creation has come about in a very intuitive and hands on way. It sounds conjured; a type of automatic song craft. And song is very much at the heart of AYN SØF; these aren’t just academic experiments exploring texture or minimal music making. You can really hear Shine slowly morphing the bank of samples and recordings with a variety of panning techniques and looping to amass an incredible density that swallows you up as well as lulls; all with a purposeful destination. And if you fully submit yourself to this music, you will arrive somewhere pretty spectacular. - David McLean, November 2015”