Boomkat Product Review:
Man Bird Dress is a thing of glorious darkness and immense beauty, instilling an atmosphere of sustained horror more by suggestion than by beating you over the head with a stick marked 'menacing drone'. There are three long pieces collected on this release, two recorded in a studio environment, one taken from a live performance: 'Man' kicks off the A-side with a blend of midnight clanking and almost mesmerising drone, as if a handful of lumbering percussive noises bump into a sinister mess of string tones - momentarily sounding like Stephen O'Malley collaborating with Evelyn Glennie. Slowly but surely the overcast haze of the music begins to accumulate, reaching a point of ferocious, incredible distortion. 'Bird' takes on a slightly more kinetic quality, offering jagged string work and frenetic violin strokes - again starting from a hushed, pregnant quietness before ascending into a wilder state of being by its crescendo. Finally, 'Dress' is a more understated beast, the music seemingly haunting the grooves into which it's pressed, spouting forth an amorphous, wraith-like draught of sonorities. Absolutely amazing stuff from Erik Skodvin, and a terrific appetiser for next year's 'Kappe' album on Type. Grab one of these while you can - they ain't gonna last long. ESSENTIAL PURCHASE.