Boomkat Product Review:
One of our favourite exploratory percussionists, Steven Hess (Locrian, Cleared, Pan•American, Haptic) meets the rustling, lower case dimensions of Rutger Zuydervelt a.k.a. Machinefabriek in a series of spectral dialogues for Mexico City’s Umor-Rex.
Their first collaborative release sounds like they’ve been at it for ages, seducing us to a frayed tangle of wistful, half-heard melody and curiously detached, rippling drum patter perfused with AM/FM radio natter, guitar, bass and wood floors, all recorded and fed thru a system of old four-track and classroom desktop tape players in-sync with pedals and loopers.
Parsing the best bits from stacks of material, we’re presented four smudged, semi-opaque windows into their practice, segueing from brooding low end and kiddy chatter to fizzing textures in Auroral, whereas the keening strings and warbling constitution of Re:collection recall the most elusive Bellows pieces. However, there’s no doubt that Evenfall is as dark as Bohren und Der Club of Gore on a moonless night, whilst Delusion sucks us into a current of sloshing drums and hazy organ that could be Helge Sten meeting Chris Corsano.