Boomkat Product Review:
What with the current international argey-bargey concerning the future of whale hunting, this odd compilation from Important has fell headfirst into the zeitgeist - with a selection of artists making digital missives from underwater samples. Taking its source material from orcas, dolphins, beluga, sperm and humpback whales, Weddell and Bearded seals, lobsters and even shrimp, the assembled crew (including Merzbow, Scanner, Lapcore, John Hanes and David Rothenberg to name but a few) have reacted to the aquatic soundtrack through a series of intelligent and often moving interactions between man and animal. Somehow managing to make electronics and the ocean seem like the most natural of bedfellows, at no point does 'Belly Of The Whale' come across as either daft or contrived - instead displaying the consummate care and attention that the various contributors have brought to bear on the project. With particular highlights including Merzbow's 'Green', Kim Cascone's 'Briny Claws' and Scanner's 'Ricochet', 'Belly Of The Whale' is a concept album that seems to have evolved naturally rather than been forced through a committee process...and it's all for a good cause too.