Boomkat Product Review:
There's something irrefutably synergetic about the music these two musicians are making, and after countless releases - both as a solo artist and as a collaborator - Rutger Zuydervelt might have found his ideal foil in clarinetist Gareth Davis. The timbral mixture these two concoct is an alchemic blend of elegant guitar drones, crackling, uninterpretable field recordings and cawing reeds. At times Davis' contrabass playing brings to mind the avant-garde, self-distorting trumpet style of Arve Henriksen; at once lyrical and unnatural, but a resoundingly unique voice nonetheless. Perhaps more so than in any other Machinefabriek projects, there's a humanity - and moreover, a darkness - ingrained in this music. The second side 'Mackarel Sky' was recorded in August 2010 and while still gloomy, there's a slightly less oppressive, and more expansive feel to these 15 minutes of fibrillating loops and curling trumpet calls, perhaps enhanced by the skillful mastering by Giuseppe Ielasi? It's a pleasure to finally see this project appear on vinyl.
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