Boomkat Product Review:
C42 cassette in polythene bag, stapled to screen-printed board. Housed in white 7” sleeve with A5 colour lino print. Hand-numbered edition of 20. Mastered by Stephen Bishop.
With the arresting drone vistas and fleshly ritual percussions of Sedentary Pigs, Manchester-based illustrator, screen-printer and musician, John Powell-Jones commits the first in his very covetable new Abyss Series.
Conceptually proceeding the bleakly abstract drones and noise of Abyss, and Into the Abyss - both issued by Sacred Tapes in 2015 - here he really begins to adjust to the absence of light; picking out the silhouetted aura of phosphorescing synths and toiling, sparking drum machines with much greater definition than we’ve previously heard from his work.
Where he might previously tend to billow and rage without parameter, these tracks mine a depleted energy reserve of glowing, crystallised condensation, locating a fathomlessly layered and spacious sort of psychedelia that lulls and hypnotises rather than abrades.
But these six cuts aren’t numbed: they’re just more stoically emotive; economical and organised; steeled for bleak futures yet belied by a certain sense of optimism that comes from a lesser known, and often overlooked place.
RIYL Raime, Demdike Stare, Basic House, Conrad Schnitzler, Coil