Boomkat Product Review:
Intense oscillations, dense field recordings, demonic percussion and heady psychedelic noise splatter from Chicago's Norman W. Long. RIYL BJ Nilsen, Speaker Music or Byron Westbrook.
There's a refreshing level of confidence that comes with opening your album on a 22-minute live performance. "SOUTHEAST - LIVE 2019" is the ideal doorway into Long's world, and contains pretty much every component found across the rest of the album. There's disorienting processed environmental recordings, sandblasted DIY synth splatter, richly textured sheet noise and most impressive, chaotic sloooow techno rhythmic cycles.
Long makes music that's painfully difficult to squash into a box. While at times it's easy to compare his sonic landscapes to the Touch canon, there's a playfulness that's perfectly in line with the Hausu Mountain aesthetic. This is music that uses our expectations and preconceptions to mess with us, so when we hear evocative environmental recordings, they're usually accompanied by synth sounds that rub against, mimic and sometimes swallow them whole. It's the sonic equivalent of a magic eye - before you realize it, you've been sucked into another world.