Boomkat Product Review:
Pete Swanson and Gabriel Saloman's legendary American noise unit Yellow Swans return with their final studio album and the most devastating collection of noise/drone recording in their arsenal; a defining album of collapsing supernova psychedelics.
'Going Places' was conceived and executed during downtime following an incessant touring schedule, lending a more considered approach to the band's usual improvised brutality. It's guided by an electronic backbone that imbues proceedings with an altogether more introspective harmonic quality comparable to Tim Hecker or Brian Eno, except fuelled by a primordial rage.
They've harnessed a similar power to Astral Social Club's cosmic pulses, giving a booming, slow-burning propulsion to tracks like 'Foiled' and 'Limited Space' which should appeal to fans of the darkest industrial sonics of Kareem or even Jochem Peteri's much underrated 154 project.
The same ominous layer of bass is applied to 'New Life', while vast harmonics unfold overhead, dispersing solar density with the control and refinement you might hear on classic material by Fennesz, before the final phase of gravitational collapse occurs on the haunting 'Going Places', from where howling solar winds and space dust degrade the surface before everything is sucked into a silent void.
Pay this album some dues and play it as loud as you can manage for a genuinely rewarding experience...so good.