Boomkat Product Review:
Apparently a shadowy project of members of post-metallers Pelican and X-Bax, Chord show yet another facet of Important Records’ relentless journey into the architecture of minimalist drone music. Eleh has conquered the synthesizer (and the sustained note), so this time around Chord face off against specific notes, with each track an improvisation around a single chord. The album is supposed to be heard as a progression (hence the title), and the progression itself forms the listening experience. It's amusing that listening to the CD on its own, you are hit with merely three chords – the classic number for a short, sharp piece of punk music. Punk, this definitely is not as the musicians revel in the length and ponderous quality of the music they make. Like Earth before them, Chord use the guitar and piano to create giant swathes of affecting sound, yet seem to be doing very little at all. Maybe this is a musing on rock music or the rock idiom itself, but the beauty here is all in the details; a vibration here, a change in feedback there. Not for the uninitiated, ‘Progression’ is a deep and involving record and requires serious patience and a clean head to eke the most out of the recordings. Highly Recommended.