Boomkat Product Review
**Immense 40 minute trip through treated tape-music, minimalism and brutal techno-not-techno pressed onto 140g vinyl mastered and cut by Rashad at D&M. Housed in pro-printed inner sleeve and jacket, itself contained in a silkscreened pvc sleeve designed by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas** Grapes and Snakes' is the first collaborative work of two of the most respected American underground experimental/noise artists: Aaron Dilloway and Jason Lescalleet. Using purely analog synths and tape manipulation, they build a foggy psychoacoustic mass that lies somewhere between dynamic yet patiently treated tape-music and industrial howl. Dilloway has been releasing and recording music since the age of 16 and is a former guitarist and tape manipulator for the experimental band Wolf Eyes and also runs the noise record label, record store and mailorder Hanson Records. Jason Lescalleet's soundworld, meanwhile, occupies a space between noise, contemporary composition, and minimal electronics. Using decidedly primitive techniques and equipment (antiquated reel-to-reel recorders, damaged tape, etc.), his work focuses on extreme frequencies and microscopic audio detail. Their collaborative work on 'Grapes and Snakes' is just immense, ranging in dynamics and intensity from low oscillation bass tones most reminiscent of Eleh, to much more brutal frequency-f*ckery that resides in the same uncompromising arena as Mika Vainio or, indeed, Wolf Eyes. Their miasmic execution comes to a mind-bending crescendo towards the end of the 20-minute long "Burning Nest", gradually evolving into a mutant percussive monster, a slowed down techno-not-techno ruckus deployed with all the intrinsic knowledge and skill you'd associate with two masters of intense, uncompromising sound. In all, it's a 40 minute trip through hellishly destroyed Industrial variants that will re-configure your noise/drone expectations in a style befitting of one of the underground's most consistently daring labels.