Boomkat Product Review:
Recorded in 2009, "Spool" is a rare non-vinyl live set from Philip Jeck, who instead played bass guitar through his effects boxes and pedals. Properly elevated material from a sorely missed legend.
While most of Jeck's material was made from salvaged vinyl and repurposed record players, "Spool" offers a different perspective on his sound. Funneling a bass through his FX chain, Jeck creates a gaseous atmosphere that's part Fennesz, part Sunn O))) - like heavy metal melted into airy transcendence. Across four tracks he experiments with the same basic technique, dragging his bass through white noise and carefully sculpted feedback, slathering it in distortion and delay to pull out the character from the instrument.
Dipping into gloomy ambience as it draws to a close, "Spool" sounds as if it's being amplified through lead pipes and offered the crumbling character of discarded industrial tapes. But because it's Jeck, there's a beating heart that gives the music its unmistakable emotional center - as always, beneath the noise there's layer upon layer of pure feeling. Highly Recommended.