Boomkat Product Review:
Twenty years since its original release, Bruce Gilbert's 'Insiding' returns to blow our heads off once again. It comprises two extended tracks commissioned for film and dance pieces and offers a rare opportunity to catch the former Wire guitarist and now-legendary experimentalist really stretching out over sprawling industrial rhythms and glooming atmospheres. The first piece was commissioned by The Royal Ballet in 1990 to accompany Ashley Page's ballet 'Bloodlines'. At over twenty five minutes duration, Gilbert uses his time wisely and patiently, using the first few minutes to gestate unstable sounds and convulsive electro/Industrial drum patterns before settling into the terrain, rolling through bleak, tin-grey ambient drones and clangourous deserted space, allowing the rhythms to recede and remerge with an ethereal subtlety that's at the core of his art. His second offering 'Insiding' features excerpts from 'Savage Water', a televisual production again by Ashley Page, and produced in 1989. It's clammier, more discombobulated than the other piece, traversing needly rhythms and water cooler ambience to staccato electro chorales, vastly spacious electro-acoustics and industrial tattoos with a time and space warping sense of depth perception. Incredible sounds, highly recommended.