Boomkat Product Review:
Gris Gris is a collaboration between Rutger Zuydervelt and fellow Dutch avant-garde mavens Robert Deters of Vance Orchestra and Soccer Committee's Mariska Baars. The album is divided into three long-form pieces, each loaded with shadowy, subtle texture and a floor-shaking line in sub bass. Apparently, the starting point for each composition was Mariska's voice, though you'd never realise it given the kind of advanced processing that's taken place between those initial phases of recording and the final product. 'Gris Gris 2' probably has the closest run-in with discernibly human sound matter, evoking a kind of slow motion choral effect, interwoven with an already ethereal backdrop of modulating crackle and tide-like bass motions. It's an outstanding, attention-commanding piece of music, moving the record on from the more vaporous exercise, 'Gris Gris 1', which sounds strangely static and inert; prompting you to ask questions like "Is it the central heating making that noise, or does it have something to do with this weird Dutch record I just put on?" 'Gris Gris 3' adds tactile, almost percussive elements into the mix, matching crinkled contact mic-style recordings with electronically treated room hiss and deep-set oscillator pulses. A very minimal, very patient record from the Machinefabriek man and his cohorts, coming across as somehow more elemental and raw than we're used to, but Gris Gris is all the more refreshing as a result.