Boomkat Product Review:
Brooklyn-based experimental noise holdout Bob Bellerue's latest is a symphony for feedback, enhanced with speakers sitting on metal bowls and drums. Seriously heavy durational drones for fans of Sunn O))), Catherine Christer Hennix, Robert Ashley or Eliane Radigue's Feedback Works.
'Radioactive Desire' is a suite of six durational pieces (the shortest clocks in at a modest 13 minutes, the longest is almost 40) that bask in feedback's lavish, squealing fuzz. The harnessing of feedback has been a constant in experimental music for decades, but Bellerue's approach is novel and well conceived. He's been a key component in the East Coast noise underground for 30 years, and brings this knowledge of all things extreme to his treatment, giving it a surprising level of restraint.
Considering 'Radioactive Desire' is constructed from feedback, there are few moments of complete cacophony. Rather Bellerue appears to want to highlight how feedback allows us to hear spaces through vibrations and tones. His space is set up so that the resonant squeals cause rattles and overtones throughout the room and enhance, or distort, every other element. It's not always easy to listen to, but it's consistently fascinating - the title track alone, the most musical of the six works contorting feedback into an almost orchestral groove, is an essential listen.