Boomkat Product Review:
Next level field recording manipulations from an "imaginary Indian Sub-Continent". This is three steps into the outerzone - properly narcotic, surrealist moods built from damaged tape, echoing laptop jams and "ghost recordings". Sounds like being hung upside down while reading Burroughs...
'Stories from the Dotted Indian Whale' is a collection of contemporary field recording fuckery from three artists: Italian musician Giavanni Lami, Discrepant boss Gonçalo F Cardoso and Argentinian noisemaker Bardo Todol. Each of them collected environmental recordings from across India, combining and manipulating sounds to conjure up stories of an imagined place. It's India, just about, but filtered through the wild imagination of three mischievous musical minds.
Lami's tracks are the most musical of the bunch, sounding almost like Philip Jeck at times. An ominous low-end drone underpins 'Untitled 1', while crumbling bells and lurching no-speed vocals curve thru the haze leaving haunted vapors. 'Untitled 2' is odder still, pasting bell sounds over disorienting landscapes that sound like everywhere and nowhere: fragments of music can just about be heard over insect sounds and household rattles, but everything exists in a psychedelic no-place.
Cardoso's Hannibal Chew III material shouldn't surprise fans of the prolific artist's catalog. He augments historic field recordings made in locations like Pondicherry, Jaipur and Varanasi with instrumental jams, creating a wild alien atmosphere that sounds like India rebuilt by a deepfake AI. Bardo Todol finishes things off with the most straightforward takes, overlaying a sequence of 2012 field recordings to stitch a collage of scrapes, belches and buzzing, animal groans. Transportive shit.