Boomkat Product Review:
Known for his releases on Sucata Tapes, Paralaxe Editions and Where To Now?, Portuguese “sound activist” Bruno Silva aka Ondness embraces ideas of chance, chaos and ambiguity in a spannered, enigmatic album for Holuzam, the weird, second cousin to the mighty Príncipe label.
Through his minimalist percussive formation, Ondness reminds us of the swung attack and squashed funk of Anthony “Shake” Shakir as channelled through the prism of Raster Noton’s Rn-Rhythm-Variations series; in other words - sharp but loose-limbed for the floor. Or as the label explain so well “ ...pop-up music, constantly moving and fading away, reappearing with a new idea and then leaving it out in the open”
We get going on the fractured midnight keys and drums of “Torre”, before fully getting into gear on "Sem Gente” with its jazz/bassdrum malfunctions reminding us of Atom Heart’s magnificent, bizarrely overlooked Brown album from ’96. 'Mau Vibe’ splinters a tribalist session into oblivion, while 'Casa Fora Fallout' conjurs the spirit of Madteo at his most thrillingly unhinged.
In short; a peculiar, oddly compelling 40 minute session from the wonderful, extended Príncipe family.