Boomkat Product Review:
Posh Isolation’s core duo - Loke Rahbek (Croatian Amor) and Christian Stadsgaard aka Damian Dubrovnik - arch up a volley of bittered power noise outbursts with Great Many Arrows, marking 200 releases for the label they started with Songs For Loviatar in 2009. Myriad solo and collaborative projects have followed over the interim, plotting out a sprawling constellation of ideas and gestures, and perhaps all preparing us for this, their most riveting vision of bloodied noise romance.
Taking its title from a historic archery competition in Kyoto, Japan, in which archers would shoot as many arrows as possible for a 24 hour period, Great Many Arrows hits its target with frightening accuracy, packing the spectacle and ferocious intensity of their ritualistic live performances into a studio context where they can utilise and manipulate a greater array of acoustic instrumentation - organs, cellos, wind and others - against more typical electronic backdrops and processing.
If their previous releases often took cues from Prurient releases, Great Many Arrows is again pretty much a conceptual re-working of Frozen Niagara Falls, where, like Dominick Fernow, they embrace an expanded palette of tonal colours to better realise their personal vision. The results are most bracing in the opening Arrow 1, which also recalls the blistered strings of Deathprod, but shot thru with fire-breathing exhortations, while making sterling use of lacunæ and piercing distortion in Arrow 2, and beautifully summing it all up in the cinematic elegance of Arrow 6 with its steepled pads and wistful accordion cadence.