Boomkat Product Review:
It seems like it's been no time at all since Growing's previous album, Vision Swim saw a release via Troubleman Unlimited, but now the guitar/electronics duo return with a 20 minute EP for that similarly consistent outpost of avant-garde indiedom The Social Registry. A comparison to Black Dice wouldn't be entirely erroneous but there's something unique about Growing's stroboscopic, spirographic compositions, propelling the sound palette of the electric guitar into hitherto uncharted domains. After the heady swirl of opener 'Swell', with its helicopter blade phasing, you're offered relief by 'First Contact' a laid back, jittering duet that's not a million miles from Christopher Willits' 'folded guitar' stylings, albeit with a simplified tremolo-style analogue effect rather than laptop-administered granular synthesis. Offering a more orchestral feel, the choppy string pad sounds of 'Lateral' encroach upon that sacred Fennesz/Tim Hecker terrain, only to retreat into the hazy, detuned filtrations of 'After Glow', which somehow has a warm, somnolent feel to it.