Boomkat Product Review:
Immersive drone-scapes and gutted techno from Ruaridh Law, his first long-form work since 2010's fine We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. By this stage we're well acquainted with TVO's preoccupations: deep dub atmospherics, surgical electronic processing a la Raster Noton and more crackle than Philip Jeck and Pole let loose in a Rice Krispies factory. Drums are relatively scarce on this album, but when they do make an appearance, the effect is wonderful and commanding: 'Ba'dan' cranks up the tension with nowt much more than a padded kickdrum, Blade Runner rainfall and a distant, persistent squelch, while 'Waghdas' attempts to join the dots between Cabaret Voltaire and Rhythm & Sound. The terrific 'Ghadis' sounds like cold wave as envisaged by Mika Vainio, and 'De Vile' channels Aphex's SAW II into its dark ambient matrix. It's quality material throughout, and for optimum effect we recommend listening on headphones while stalking through the city at night.