Boomkat Product Review:
One of Aaron Dilloway’s most compelling tapes sees a necessary vinyl edition with Amethyst Sunset after the original, 40-copy tape run sold out years ago at his Solo/Solo/Duo live show with Jason Lescalleet in Brooklyn, NY, on January 26th, 2013. Remastered for vinyl by Jason Lescalleet. RIYL Kevin Drumm, KFW’s ‘Greatest Hits’, The Caretaker, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
Oh man, It’s one of those releases that may well be lost to the sands of time, were it not for some keener-eared folk who recognise its absolute brilliance, so thank f**k for Amethyst Sunset because this is a real doozy, featuring Dilloway at the full width of his tape loop-morphing powers.
As with any Dilloway performance or recording - which are almost the same thing, using the same methods of production - you never quite know what will happen, always retaining the ability to start in one place and end up somewhere totally different, yet never quite revealing how we got there.
In this instance he starts out by grinding a spare vocal loop until it evaporates into the lushest ambient harmonic swell, and proceeds to squeeze that loop until it’s aching, swooning across the stereo field. And just as the loop begins to open out, he extrudes into a sludgy black metal riff, dragging us out by the roadside and leaving the loop to bake in the sun by the side’s end.
Flipside, the trip only gets darker, sending everything down into a low register blur bubbling up fetid gases and drone clusters before sousing us in piercing, coruscating high end stress waves.
It unfurls itself with such unique timing and haptic sensitivity that the only apt analogy is with a waking nightmare or the soundtrack to a severely warped video nasty. This is just so damn good....