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Boomkat Product Review:
Freewheeling genius Richard Youngs messes with meter and tone on his follow-up to ‘Iker’ for Fourth Dimension, as ever possessing the ability to send our wee heads reeling into thee strangest places
Stemming from loop-based tonal thoughts, ‘New Emptiness’ keens from what could loosely be described as motorik post-techno experiments to quietly magnificent dirge with the unclassifiable brand of magick that Youngs has made his name on over the past 30 odd years. It feels ever more like he’s embracing the notion of “techno” as a contemporary iteration of folk music, which has perhaps become slightly stale and hoary in light of technology’s ubiquity in this century. Of course he’s not dressing monochrome and gurning on IG for the “trve” techno types, but there’s an increasingly acknowledgment of its place in modernity that makes a certain seam of his current practice so vital.
We’re really talking about the two bookends of this set in a “techno/new age ambient” context. With its motorik pulse and gloopy pitches ’Ramasites’ draws clear lines between krautrock/kosmiche, techno and that elusive third place of thought that binds them. Slompy rhythm threads between curdled harmonium-esque drones that feel like an organic echo of what Automatisme is doing over in Canada, inducing bezonked states of mind that hiccup out of place with unexpected, hypnic jerk-like suss, before he heads off completely other direction with the stressed guitar tones of ‘Chiral Earth II’ and sinks into subharmonic pulses and placing gamelan-like resonance on ‘Annulus I’, holding your 3rd eye at half mast in ‘Chiral Earth III’, and ultimately shoring up in the brilliant ‘Annulus II’, adding his signature, some might say marmite, quivering vocals to an airborne bass drone and flute with exquisitely delicate form of hypnosis.