Boomkat Product Review:
Magnificent Goretex vortex gear from Richard Skelton, evoking the attrition of weather and time on rugged landscapes with 40 minutes of rough hewn yet emotionally resonant ambient drone textures for his private label - a sort of quietly growling, windswept special.
Third in Skelton’s ‘Moraine Sequence’, ‘Shear Planes’ spies two longform works that etch themselves on the mind’s eye with a particularly caustic and captivating effect. Inspired by the natural world, Skelton’s music takes its cues from glacigenic landforms as a study in glacial rheology; the process by which glaciers mould and modulate the landscapes by ‘basal shear stress’, deforming bedrock by immense hydrostatic pressures. Skelton’s music models this effect with simple waveforms layered into immense, grinding slabs of sound at the biting-point of distortion, pushing down and forwards with elemental strength.
Undulating an accretion of groaning basses, the first part commits Skelton’s vision somewhere between longhair mountaintop kosmiche and blistered ambient, carving its way from the back of the eyelids with a sort of fizzing intensity for its 20 minute duration. On the 2nd part, Skelton really leans into his thing with a frozen bite, emphasising the mid-range gnaw by opening out almost choral textures to make the landscape sing.