Boomkat Product Review:
Cong Burn boss and northern english artist John Howes presents the spongiform, greyscale modular extractions of ’Cold Storage’ as the first full length album on his own label - home to releases by Lanark Artefax, Perfume Advert and Chekov, a.o.
Recorded at his Salford studio in 2018, ’Cold Storage’ finds Howes paring his music back to the barest essentials of small, textured sounds drifting in abstract dub space. Functionally titled A1 thru B4, the 8 pieces are smudged into an amorphous flow of weightless pressure systems and gently reactive atomic collisions with an immersively natural, mercurial quality.
The results are equally comparable to uon’s hypnagogic subtleties as the fluoro grey decay of Actress productions, dwelling on the liminal point between iterative process and haptic tactility, offering himself as the conduit or fleshy medium for the machines to speak thru. Quite luckily, the ghosts in his machines all have a charming, frothy story to regale in ‘Cold Storage’.