Boomkat Product Review:
Mumdance, Logos and Shapednoise reconvene as The Sprawl with a 60 minute mixtape recontextualising William Gibson’s Neuromancer with fragments of the audiobook narration mixed with exclusive, original new solo and group material by all members, plus implanted flashbacks of hardcore techno and mutant musique concrète. The mix simultaneously elucidates and obfuscates The Sprawl’s sci-fi rave hauntology in advance of the imminent arrival of the second in their 12” trilogy.
Triangulating the three conspirators’ vision between Mumdance’s hardcore bruxism, the cinematic imagineering of Logos, and Shapednoise’s clinically atonal/arrhythmic noesis, Reel Torque Volume 17 induces a synaesthetically-enhanced spectrum of cyberpunk sensation and intrigue. In effect they emulate the psychological, neurological, and physiological effects of a consciousness uploaded to the weightlessness in hyperspace and how that relates to the narco-auditory complex of rave and electronic music which is so unavoidably influenced by Gibson’s prophetic tome.
Adapting the visual language and syntax of film and computer games, rave tapes and radio plays with an acutely, synaesthetically heightened impact, the mix flows from future primitive vocal rituals to new age tropes shaped as seductive commercial idents, while shocks of shuddering noise black out the senses with picnoleptic overloads of data and muscle memory-triggering jolts of jungle virtually render and reprogram the body cyborgian.
Reel Torque Volume 17 is a visceral and delirious experience, vividly expanding the The Sprawl’s abstract world and perfectly setting the scene for imminent new chapters in their ongoing saga.