Boomkat Product Review:
Kevin Martin mints his new Intercranial Recordings label with the first volume in the 'Frequencies for Leaving Earth' trilogy, now available on a limited tape run after first appearing on download formats earlier this summer. These are ice cold and precise exercises in minimalism, adapting the tempo and aesthetic of doom metal but with an electronic palette that’s both tripped-out and isolated, highly recommended if yr into Tarkovsky, Thomas Köner, Tod Dockstader, GAS.
Martin’s credentials go far beyond his best known work as The Bug, his discography extends deep into myriad projects and collaborations that date as far back as the late 80’s, he’s been a player, a writer, a compiler and a vocal enthusiast for a vast array of genres and underground movements for as long as we can remember, and his intersection with what’s now lazily termed ‘Ambient’ dates at least as far as his work with Experimental Audio Research, on the mighty (and still, somehow, little known) 'The Köner Experiment’ in 1997.
'Frequencies for Leaving Earth Vol 1’ pursues the kind of minimalism that we find most rewarding; there are no new age tropes or environmental recordings anywhere to be seen - instead it’s all cold tones and pulsing subs worthy of the Eduard Artemyev comparisons. Martin describes these pieces as sounding like "extremely slo-mo jazz” which is astute - the pace and progression here could almost be Bohren & der Club of Gore stripped of brass and rhythm, just leaving a drone, strobes and smoke - exactly our kinda scene.