Boomkat Product Review:
Laptops eh? I'm sure they went out of fashion a few minutes after Kid 606's crucial 'F*ck the Police' bootleg sold out, but Tuk seems to have carried on regardless all the same, and surprisingly it's all worthwhile. Although at first it may simply sound like the dying cries of a MacBook that's just gone out of it's warranty period, or a cd player coughing its guts out in disgust at the mp3 revolution, 'Shallow Water Blackout' is actually a surprisingly beautiful album. Amongst scrapes, squelches and stuttering digital noise there are glimmers of real tenderness, patches of simplicity and light in the dense fog of post-modernism. In fact I could even compare this to Tim Hecker's compositions, on first listens Hecker too could easily sound like a stuttering mess, but give it time and the stutters become a string orchestra and the glitches become the delicate sound of a glockenspiel. What I'm attempting to say is that in this particular mess of noise there is the beating heart of something far removed - take the second track 'Stilnox Parties' for example; what begins as harsh, oppressive rasping is broken in two by a gorgeous harp, not the sort of thing you'd usually expect to hear on this kind of record? Apparently these tracks were all created from classic seventies rock songs, and although you'd struggle to hear a specific song the sentiment somehow remains. In-between the ADD stuttering you can hear a reverberating acoustic guitar or a classic riff; you're just not certain which one. 'Shallow Water Blackout' is an undeniably peculiar oddity, but give it the time and effort it requires and you'll be sure to reap the rewards.