Boomkat Product Review:
If Earth relocated to Taiwan, they may end up sounding like Scattered Purgatory’s ‘Lost Ethnography of the Miscanthus Ocean’, a meditative instrumental suite of guitars, synths, drums and sax primed for sequestered listening, preferably while fishing or gazing at Asian mountains
Scattered Purgatory really do sound a lot like Taiwan’s answer to Earth or even Bohren und der Club of Gore across the slow and spacious arrangements of their 2014 debut for Dutch/Japanese label Guruguru Brain.
The vibe is ideal for solo brooding, full of resonant, low-slung bass guitar plucks and claw-handed riffage as heavy as your life. The majority of tracks are plenty long enough to get in over your head, and really all comes together in their 21 minute centrepiece ‘Cloudborn’, where their meld of East and West dread and negative ecstasy manifest in blows of shuddering riffs that also incur on Sunn 0))) terrain, together with sparing, widely reverberant eastern traditional drums, before ‘Limbo Litter’ lands on the other side of their noumenal mountain in a way recalling details of larger Marginal Consort works.