Boomkat Product Review:
Opal Tapes' visionary bossman Stephen Bishop synthesises spellbinding post-techno ecologies on his debut slab of wax as Basic House. 'Caim In Bird Form' is an engrossing refinement of the arcane, buckled structures and textures best heard on his 'I'm Not A Heaven Man' album and an excellent split with Prostitutes for Blowing Up The Workshop. It's a sound that was conceived in relative isolation, yet feels intrinsically plugged into the zeitgeist and highly aware of fringe actions in the wake of punk whilst making a real virtue of creating dialogue between technoid, rhythm-driven engines, and esoteric, avant dimensions. This dilated yet microscopic sonic vision takes in stoic, Eliane Radigue-like drone and gone-midnight TV samples in opener, 'Aspirin Telepath' and scans out over vast internal warehouse scapes mixing field recordings and creaking electronics on 'I Found U'. With 'Don't Remember Acid' he hears "dance" music from a sly outsider's stance, probably admitting that he was listening to The New Blockaders when everyone else was raving, whilst '64 Bummer' crunches polymetric gears in a sort of lucid concrète nightmare. With the scraped textures and phosphorescing ambient tones of 'Field 0.08' he gives a modern update of certain Zoviet*France aesthetics, and on 'Ultra-Misted' hews close to the collapsed techno on the Kassem Mosse 'Siege Of Troy' album, whilst the title track feels like skulking around a train graveyard with Steve Roden, and the miasmic 'TV Illness' dials into shared headspace between Helm and Bellows. Great stuff.