Boomkat Product Review:
Josh Eustis and Turk Dietrich reconvene for a second album-length exercise in dynamic repetition as Second Woman.
Expanding on the immersive dub techno/electronica cross pollinations of their self-titled debut, Second Woman draw the listener even deeper into the realm of twisted digital production on ‘S/W’. If Jlin’s killer Second Woman refix on their recent Spools EP hipped you to their shared interest in footwork, then this second LP explores it more explicitly through their own creative lens. Throughout the album, Dietrich and Eustis excel in their ability to conjure sharply-defined rhythmic patterns that levitate craftily like a mythical Wing-Chun master.
This knottiness is apparent from the off, teasing out intricate synthesis in stereo formation to a billowing backdrop of spacious dub techno textures on opener / like a loose-fingered Vegas card dealer. // offers a more unpredictable approach, skittering chords dragged by the tails through a forlorn digital miasma. Both /// and //// offer a glimpse at footwork through Second Woman’s eyes, the latter a real highlight of the LP thanks to those abstracted, metallic percussive licks.
////\ sees them forgo the riddims in favour of a brief exercise in brain-matter scooping ambience, before swerving into another LP standout in the shape of ////\\, a clicky electro-dub reduction that will hook Autechre advocates and fans of the Cabaret label alike.
RIYL Mark Fell, Snd, Gabor Lazar, Jlin, NHK'Koyxen.