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Documenting a particularly possessed Helm, seemingly performing from the eye of a lush sandstorm, live in Cairo, 2015
Alter come through with this crucial companion piece to Helm’s killer Olympic Mess album on PAN from last year. Recorded at the Rawabet Theatre in Cairo in late 2015, this five-track cassette captures Luke Younger deep into an extensive pan-continental tour in the months following the release of Olympic Mess. Younger was clearly caught in a voodoo that night, as this recording draws you right into a maelstrom of sonic bliss, reconfiguring the crunched up sound design of Don’t Lick The Jacket into an expanding and quite captivating opening piece.
The performance briefly follows the sequencing of Olympic Mess with two monolithic variations on I Exist In A Fog (keep an ear out for an audience member whistling with delight on Fog Variations II) before introducing ‘new and "other" material.’ Time appears to shift into another dimension on the title track, whilst Downtown Rubble is the sort of abrasive palate cleanser you expect to hear in a Mumdance and Logos set.