Boomkat Product Review:
This split release between Digitalis Industries and New Zealand's Last Visible Dog imprint sees Clayton Noone (who also records as Armpit on Campbell Kneale's Celebrate Psi Phenomena label) providing a highly accessible introduction to his work. Ironclad takes the form of twelve ghostly sketches, each featuring Noone's hauntingly melancholy guitar and occasional wordless vocal exhalations. The first of these untitled tracks features some rusty sounding drums that fit right in with the pervading atmosphere of sadness and dereliction. Given that these pieces are largely constructed from the same, simple building blocks, Noone is very smart about maintaining a sense of variety and movement throughout the album via the different recording scenarios he uses. Ranging from roaring phase and distortion treatments to the pared-down softness of noisy old tape sounds, Ironclad always feels like a fully articulated body of work. Beautiful stuff.