Rolled in the Midst of Never-Ceasing Currents Flowing Without a Rest Forever Onward
Starving Weirdos already have a whole plethora of records to their name, but it’s time for a new one, and it’s a rather enchanting affair from beginning to end. Coming from the shadowy Bo Weavil imprint, the obtusely titled ‘Rolled in the Midst of Never-Ceasing Currents Flowing Without a Rest Forever Onward’ finds Brian Pyle (he of Ensemble Economique fame) and Merrick McKinlay on fine form, injecting the kind of VHS-addled energy we heard on Pyle’s phenomenal ‘Psychical’ into the droning sludge of the Starving Weirdos core sound. Crushed rap-tempo beats echo and tumble over knocking percussion, high pitched wails and the distant rattle of electrical ghosts to create a mass of drone that does its best not to fit in with everything else that’s around right now. I know, I know – everyone’s sick of drones, but Pyle and McKinlay are veterans, and know full well how to make their distinct brand innovative and interesting. The high point for me hits with ‘Flowing Without Rest, Forever Onwards’, a track that sounds as if it had been ripped straight out of a mid 70s Hammer flick, probably set in the 1600s, probably something to do with vampires. Dusty sampled strings collide with gritty video-nasty sounds and buzzing synthesizers ring out overheard. This is horror movie drone at its absolute best, and impressively free of the high camp you’d find in Gatekeeper, Umberto or Xander Harris the duo manage to strike up something very eerie indeed. An intense and invigorating listening experience – highly recommended.
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