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Stuart Argabright of NYC's seminal post-punk unit Ike Yard and his Death Comet Crew accomplice Shinichi Shimokawa reconvene as Black Rain, this time on the Downwards label with a 40 minute album of cyberpunk, industrial drums and gnarled ambience, RIYL Blackest Ever Black, Akira OST, Regis, Front 242, Silent Servant.
Over 40 years since his Ike Yard unit landed on Factory, Stuart Argabright steers its offshoot project Black Rain thru a mini-epic of noirish noise techno, rain spattered cyberpunk drama and club-scene-in-a-movie industrial muscle. It’s a sound he’s been practising since 1989 and perfected over the decades on Fifth Colvmn and BEB, and in conjunction with everyone from Shapednoise to Genesis P-Orridge with consistently strong results.
Last spotted on Blackest Ever Black, Black Rain return with the bruxist industrial racket of opener ‘Atomisirien Atom 1’, evoking imagery of a factory full of grinding machinery shot thru with moonlight, while the widescreen ‘Black Mother’ takes it outside to toxic wastelands scanned by choral pads. ’50 Signs of Rain’ gears up for a Blade-esque rampage in the club spurred by Front 242, replete with adrenalised synth leads, and the beat-less ‘All Snowflakes Melt’ ends the session with a vertiginous sense of scale and dread.