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Boomkat Product Review:
**First vinyl issue, housed in tip on-style thick card jacket** This otherworldly disc is comprised of unprocessed field recordings of an assortment of insects – mostly cicadas and dragonflies. Apparently it’s these latter beasties that make up the most distinctive element of these truly surreal soundscapes: according to Alan Bishop’s liner notes, there’s a folk tale behind the so-called Broken-Hearted Dragonflies, indigenous to Burma. These creatures emit a bizarre screeching sound upon finishing mating, only to drop dead to the ground with John Hurt-style exploded chests. The Burmese say that this as a result of a broken heart for their mates. As Bishop is keen to point out, regardless of how entomologically sound an explanation this is, it certainly provides a poetic context to these remarkable recordings, which sound closer to a particularly experimental Raster Noton or Line release than a raw natural recording – it’s nature’s own lowercase music. Incredible stuff.