Boomkat Product Review:
Diagonal alum Blood Music ditches the drum machine noise and power electronics of his earlier material on this unsettling set of looped phrases inspired by Samuel Beckett's "Ping".
'Ping Murmer' moves far from Blood Music's expected noise mode and instead offers up a horizontal examination of decay and repetition, using orchestral loops to guide the direction of the sound. The early tracks are the most decipherable; baroque phrases can be picked out easily, not too obscured by Simon Pomery's "blood machine" process. Delay is weaponized here, and Pomery uses the slapback to create a rhythm that exists alongside the original music.
On 'Ping Baby Grand' the process is more difficult to pin down - sounds are taken from the bare frame of a baby grand piano, chopped, looped and effected to distract from their form. By 'Ping Pulse' there's less music left, and Pomery has trained his ear on the music's decays and stops, focusing in on the note trails rather than the notes themselves. This all prepares us for the album's lengthy outro 'Long String Ping', a frozen drone monsterwork that avoids the hiccuping stutter of its predecessors, instead concentrating on the repetition of the drone itself.