Boomkat Product Review:
Haswell marks 50 years of raising havoc on this planet with a mean return to his spiritual home at Editions Mego
Cutting loose in the no man’s land of extreme musicks, ‘Digital’ is a typically hackled beast that makes mincemeat of genres, masticating traces of metal, hardcore techno, power electronics, electro-acoustic and good old fashioned n0!ze in a singular, untouchable style. Now entering his 6th decade of boundary-pushing badness Haswell has lost none of the thistly attitude and iconoclastic recklessness that has marked out his work since the late ‘90s, and notably seen him hand-picked as Autechre’s regular tour support, amid one of the most colourful and frankly unprecedented “careers” of any modern artist.
He’s really not one for indulging niceties, and the empty belly churn of his ‘Ambient Takedown’ is an ideal opening statement for ‘Digital’, which follows thru with 10mins of flegging techno shrapnel recalling Singeli made in a Rotterdam cement pit on ‘r-809’, while ‘Mould’ returns to the starker themes of the opener with another rare example of Haswellian “ambient”, and the fractured jazz break surgery of ‘The Bottom Line Of Safety’ stands up next to Mika Vainio at his most hands-on. The straightjacketed rhythmic n0!ze of ’Spezi’ is there for the loons, and ‘End Of Eternity’ gushes with the sort of signature, psychotomimetic energy found on his seminal ‘Satanstornade’ with Merzbow, or ‘Blackest Ever Black (Electroacoustic UPIC Recordings).’