Boomkat Product Review:
Humming of petrichor, mildew and roll-ups, Korea Undok Group’s catalogue of humble acousmagick is rummaged by Penultimate Press and paired with unreleased work for a fine introduction to the Canadian label’s lowkey charms
Presented with “zero mastering… to sound as shit as possible”, the 21 snapshots of barely there, warbling keys and ghostly vocals in ‘Senescence’ comprise 50% material previously issued on private run tape, and 50% work made for an abandoned LP. Compiled, they represent an engrossing overview of five years of work by the cult label and unit, who prize the infidelity of decay in a way that surely resonates with recordings by Wanda Group or Indignant Senility, and naturally shares an enigmatic appeal with Penultimate Press’ roster including Timo Van Luijk and Graham Lambkin.
It’s all deliciously zonked, with spidery webs of wandering, melancholic piano and guitar mælody and tape worn texture that nuzzle the ears and practically tickle our nose hairs, bringing eyes to half mast and dancing on the tip of the tongue, if you’re prone to that kind of thing. It is really best ingested in one sitting with appropriate time and space, but for the best glimpses into their haunted house, we highly recommend checking for the utterly gorgeous, trembling keys and echoic tape detritus of ‘Fell in a Well’, and what sounds like a knackered Elodie in the occluded chamber music of ‘Long Weekend, Pt. 7’ and the sibilant smear of drums and beautifully sore piano timbre to ’13-2’.