Boomkat Product Review:
Probing computer music tackle from London’s Phil Julian, returning to Superpang in collaboration with Daniel Jones for some high quality headfloss
To be honest, we’ve not knowingly encountered Daniel Jones’ work before, but judging by the sounds of ‘Bristle’ he shares much in common with the aesthetics and values of Phil Julian, who’s well regarded for his explorations of fairly extreme frequencies and psychoacoustic strangeness.
Over the six tracks they suspend and tease the senses with hypnotic arrangements of high register tones that may appear like deterrents for errant bairns at your local shopping parade (or is that illegal now?) to some listeners, and who may coincidentally find those sounds pleasurable, like us. Rather than anything full on, and despite the music’s ostensibly abstract nature, there’s a real textural and spatial sensitivity to what they’re doing here, generating tones and combinations of frequencies that you only realise were there when they’re gone, creating surreal tension between hypnagogia and a fight or flight alertness from a seeming paucity of inputs.