Boomkat Product Review:
This Chicago duo might still be best known for having teamed up with Rob A.A. Lowe for the White/Lichens record on Holy Mountain last year, but Black Acts offers a very different angle on the White/Light sound. 'Dassin' initiates proceedings via a gently morphing, hypnotic tremolo guitar - it's like staring at a strobe light for six minutes, and comes across as slightly unpleasant however mesmerising it might be. Next, 'Discipline' is more like a mile-long traffic jam where every driver has their hand fixed to the car horn. The subtleties and overtones make the piece a fairly powerful piece of work but the best is most certainly yet to come. After the icy vapours of 'Bree Daniels' comes the riled hornets nest of distortion that is 'Curtis Mayfield', leading us to a watershed moment: 'An Orchid Texture' is full of strangulated guitars and an almost melodic presence from the whinnying background tones. It's actually rather haunting when compared to some of the more direct, trance-inducing tones that ushered in the album. Similarly, 'All Things Must Pass' sustains and quivers like a shrill violin tone, setting a mood of eerie, 20th century classical influenced discordance. The final track is the longest, presenting a fifteen-minute stretch of noisy, chaotic feedback, but it's that exploratory middle section of Black Arts that proves most interesting.