Boomkat Product Review:
By name and nature ’Barren’ yields a clammy quintessence of NWW, playing live in various configurations in Florence and Karlsruhe, 2012/2013, with both judged to be among their most unusual recordings.
The ‘Confluence’ parts document the lineup of Steven Stapleton flanked by Paul Beauchamp and Colin Potter, performing at Museo Marino Marini, Florence, in 2012. For just shy of an hour’s length, the trio transition from an oily ooze of searching synth drones, chime trees, and death knell bells, to more gripping tracts of atone psychedelia benefiting from Beauchamp’s texturised electronics, and ultimately slipping down steepest wormholes into stygian rivers of pulsating sludge and epiphanic noise.
Their ‘Transfiguration’ quota follows with recordings made at ZKM Centre For Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany during the following year. A classic lineup of Steven Stapleton, Colin Potter and Andrew Liles commune at their quietest, incorporating elements of the still-to-be-released ‘Opium Cabaret’ in its super wide, reverberant soundsphere fleshed out with plasmic desert guitar tones, gloaming ether voices and ritualistic midnight atmospheres that eventually pass out into nerve-gnawing discord.
Lock the doors, shut the lights; it’s going to be a long night in with this one.