Boomkat Product Review:
Unexpected and ace experimental turn from UK bass minimalist Paleman, sounding out like Harry Bertoia or Michael Ranta in three haunting pieces for percussion
Getting back to his roots as a percussionist, Paleman performed these works with mallets on cymbal with results that may well surprise follows of his usual, club-ready production style. OK, they could be said to loosely echo the atmospheres of his records, but these recordings are all acoustic and without computer programming, and evoke a sort of post-rave warehouse atmosphere as much as echoes of the 20th century avant-garde.
The first part comes across like Harry Bertoia reverberating his metal sculptures in a vast cold warehouse littered with the aftermaths of a rave, while the second part recalls Michael Ranta’s meditative but driving gong rhythms, and the third reminds of Anne Tardos’ recordings of a fridge defrosting, or even Fridge Trax, with a fourth part drawing in a thick haar of Deathprod-like drone dread.