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Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most prolific and experienced musicians on the Antipodean electronic music circuit, Pimmon (aka Paul Gough) has previously collaborated with Fennesz, Oren Ambarchi and Kid606, contributing releases to countless influential labels over the course of a decade or so, including Fat Cat, Sirr, Static Caravan and Tigerbeat6. Smudge Another Yesterday is said to be Gough's first full album for an Australian label. It starts brilliantly with a piece that mimics Gyorgy Ligeti compositions like 'Lux Aeterna' or his 'Requiem For Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Two Mixed Choirs & Orchestra' with its layered microtonal polyphony. Making something of a departure from these haunting and obscure beginnings is 'Evil Household Ceremony', which begins in the style of a Black Dice broken electronics piece before finally getting on its feet in time for some granular drone flickers and hard-panned oscillator modulations. Next up, 'It Will Never Snow In Sydney' continues to plough through nebulous swathes of glitch-ambience, adding shadowy echoes of vocal to the mix. Thus far, the album certainly seems to be driven by darker impulses than most experimental micro-electronics outings and it only gets more intense from here on: the faulty telecommunications whirr of 'Don't Remember' is a memorable piece of sound design and 'Hidden' is like a more comprehensively obliterated take on Tim Hecker's fiery sonic saturation. Digesting Smudge Another Yesterday in its entirety is quite some task, but its various dislocated strands and narrative-free potholes reveal a bold and distinctive artist who certainly isn't under the thrall of any one school within electronic music - this is powerful, liberated stuff.