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Manchester catalyst John Powell-Jones fulminates thistly noise pierced with sky-clawing melodies in these bittersweet recordings made at an abandoned Topshop unit in Stockport.
The 2nd release on Jack Lever’s Open Tapes, ‘Open Circuit’ is perhaps the most grotesquely transfixing recording yet by JPJ, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has previously blessed Sacred Tapes and also appeared on stacks of great record sleeves and posters. Following from the more modest rustles of his ‘’print-sound | sound-print’ tape with The Boats’ Craig Tattersall, this new JPJ side sees him return to familiar, scorched ground with a thick maelstrom of harmonic distortion and marbled by iridescent glints of melodic colour.
For 23 minutes he offers absolutely no respite from a blizzarding squall of white-hot distortion. While it may start up relatively sparse and dubbed-out, once it hits critical mass the piece sustains a stare-down intensity which, in the knowingly ironic nature of so much noise, actually results in hypnotic appeal for the listener - provided you’re of a certain, steely constitution. But once you’re in there it’s achingly lush. We advise placing the smoking incense in front of your speakers while the music’s playing, and become hypnotised by the smoke reacting to the sound.