Boomkat Product Review:
October Language, released on Carpark a couple of years back, has pretty much gone down in folklore as a bit of a classic within the laptop/drone/whatever community. Now, Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones return with a covers record of sorts, although frankly I can hardly imagine anyone trying to get royalties out of them for it. Perhaps in a similar fashion to the Fennesz Plays EP, Belong reworks songs into a largely unrecognisable form, masking the source material without obfuscating it entirely. Opening with a version of Syd Barrett's 'Late Night', the album's title suddenly becomes self-explanatory: much in the same way as William Basinski or Grouper Belong drain something from their recordings, smudging over and greying out the content so that the decay and erosion itself becomes this music's central focus. You can still hear songs buried deep within these grooves, but all sharpness and definition is remorselessly scooped out, leaving beautiful, faded vapour trails behind. Amazing stuff, all in great handmade sleeves too. ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.