Boomkat Product Review:
Andy Votel, Sean Canty and Doug Shipton re-convene for a fourth Popular Mechanics volume, once again reaching into the deepest recesses of the Demdike x Finders Keepers x Dead-Cert hive mind for a completely engrossing, lights-down session.
Volume 4 is perhaps the most unsettling and uncanny in the series so far, mirroring the latter stages of The Caretaker’s 'Everywhere At The End Of Time’ series with what sounds like a trace echo of disembodied choral voices floating in and out of field recordings and found sounds coalescing in ghostly formation.
As per usual, we’re not gonna attempt to guess any of the included material, except to say that to us it sounds like deepest drone, concrète and sound art deployed at an almost imperceptible BPM, with diffused obscurities merging into foley, industrial and phantasmagoric atmospheres and the kind of multi-layered chicanery this lot have become so effortlessly good at piecing together.
This is music far-removed from the eerie shenanigans you’d associate with Italian Library records, instead we’re in ice-cold isolationist mode, a sound more inline with Thomas Köner or Iancu Dumitrescu then Egisto Macchi or Alessandro Alessandroni, which - all things considered - is precisely where we wanna be right now.