Boomkat Product Review:
Can there be anything more unrelentingly filthy sounding than a Yellow Swans album? Very probably not, though this, more than many outings by Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman, goes someway towards tempering the torrent of filth they tend to produce. These two lengthy pieces were recorded live on tour at the end of last year and take their basis as a pool of simmering drone and (almost) ambient noise. 'Descent 1' is especially palatable, rising from a starting point of endless guitar sustain, layer after layer of lo-fi dinscaping surges from out of the sonic mire. You can even hear one or two passages that would be deemed harmonically rather beautiful creeping out. After a gradual escalation the piece blossoms into a symphonic noise, arcing its way towards euphoric heights. This continues until the piece reluctantly dies away after almost twelve minutes. 'Descent 2' takes a slightly less extreme dynamic, focussing more pointedly on the dissection of hovering drone signals. Although this second piece lacks some of the subtler qualities of the first, it nevertheless stirs up plenty of doomy apprehension leading up to a blistering climax. Fearsome.