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Boomkat Product Review:
Trust Prurient to furnish the Documenting Sound series with its crankiest turn, relaying his experience of an out-of-sorts NYC via junk metal rudeness inspired by formative fascinations with cemeteries, Dada and surrealism, recorded on 4 track to TDK cassettes using internal feedback and field recordings made during day 70 of last year’s first lockdown.
No bones about it, ‘Gotham Steel Gardens’ physically conveys the grinding reality of 2020 and into whatever “new” world we’re heading into, a throwing bout of restless noise and location recordings of NYC's first responders, harking back to Fernow's pre-musical influences of dada and surrealism.
Recorded at a lofty height in Manhattan’s concrete jungle, the 20 minutes of brutally tangled, arrhythmic, atonal clangour are presented by Prurient as an echo of the previous financial crisis that saw financiers throwing themselves out of windows in buildings similar to his current residence. In convulsive form, shearing metal sounds are beaten out and ripped apart with internal feedback and turntables, before the soundfield opens right out to scenes of panic, joy and nagging sirens that connote the strange feelings of tension and elusive resolution that seemed to dictate all our lives not so long ago.