Boomkat Product Review:
Al Wootton (fka Deadboy) bolts together his Trule trilogy "Maenads", "Wyre" and "Callers Spring" on this forest-inspired collection of deep leftfield 4/4 rollers. RIYL Azu Tiwaline, Batu, Simo Cell, Leif.
Since he put his Deadboy moniker to sleep, Al Wootton has managed to pivot into lightly minimalist psychedelic techno - the sort of dub-inspired wonk that you might expect to emerge from Bristolian outposts like Livity Sound or Timedance, or end up on the decks of Euro weirdos Donato Dozzy or Don't DJ. "Forest Trilogy" is Wootton's second album following 2020's "Witness", and sweeps up a trilogy of 12"s he released over the last year on his own Trule imprint.
Early bass heavy moments like 'Callers Spring' are memorable as Wootton allows woozy sub bass to underpin woodblock snares and precision dub FX, and jerkier, jazzier tracks like 'Palants Grove' remind us of the producer's ace Valentina Magaletti collaboration Holy Tongue. Wootton's engineering experience and attention to detail elevates the set above the production line. The coherence of his productions - particularly his use of reverb and delay - lends it an atmosphere that's hard not to get lost in.
It's hard to call "Forest Trilogy" dub techno, but tracks like 'Ashe', 'Wyre' and 'Mercia' don't really fit in with anything else. They continue the dub techno lineage without sounding like a carbon copy of the Rhythm & Sound blueprint - quite the feat.