Boomkat Product Review:
Modern minimalist master and Coil affiliate Ivan Pavlov aka CoH (pron: “son”) teases pure sine waves into pulsating, highly synaesthetic shapes on killer follow-up to his Abul Mogard collaboration - RIYL ELpH, Theo Burt/The Automatics Group, Eliza B.C., Connor Camburn
‘Radiant Faults’ is CoH’s highest profile album in years and a heavily satisfying follow-up to the guitar dissections of 2022’s ‘WYGG’ LP. It arrives on US label Dais in the midst of their ongoing Coil (and related) reissue programme, which included CoH’s SoiSong collaboration with Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson in ’22, and those credits should give good context for CoH’s work to the uninitiated. However the nuance of his purely synthetic artifice is patently best understood by experience. It resonates with the sort of precision tooled tone and timbral peculiarities that makes teeth fillings quiver and trigger the saliva ducts, pronounced in a pure sensorial language that’s understood by keenest followers of contemporary electronic music.
Although loosely derived from, or adjacent to, club music, CoH notably uses no percussion in his music. Every pulse and tone is unusually packed with expressive data as Pavlov lick seals his envelopes with a substance that lends his sounds rich character and a strange pathos. Their subsequent arrangements juxtapose, gel and suspend their idiosyncrasies with a sort of proprioception that’s soberly psychedelic to our ears, prizing a pure ability to evoke and stimulate sensations rarely heard beyond the likes of, say, Theo Burt’s gloopy twang, the skull-resonating tones of Connor Camburn or perhaps most appropriately the mysterious affect of gear by his co-conspirators Coil as ELpH.
Aye, it’s 100% music for the heads; from the extruded plong of his opener ‘habitable’ thru the metallic kosmiche drone mass of ‘nereides’ CoH invites us to revel in the unadulterated digital sheen of his music, variously pronounced like an alien siren in ‘faster depth’, and pulled into kinky future techno-folk swing on ‘circuit hum’, or finely messing with proprioceptions in ‘eloquent’, while ‘angels of combat’ and the slithering, acrid tang of ‘recurrent & ephemeral’ and ‘protection’ best echoes ELpH, but with a timeless sense of sustained motion and tone that somehow call to mind The VU via CC Hennix as well.