Boomkat Product Review:
"Tangents #02 is from BrokenThree, recorded live and improvised in Edinburgh in 2013 as part of The Outer Church. BrokenThree is a collaborative effort from Erstlaub, Production Unit and TVO, who are collectively the heads behind Broken20. The group was borne of necessity when The Wire’s Joseph Stannard requested a contribution from all three artists for his ‘The Outer Church’ compilation on Front & Follow records. When Joe brought his uncanny audiovisual activities to Glasgow and Scotland in 2013, the three embarked on an improvised live performance. A visual score was created to illustrate the relative activity of each player at any point. Rules were set: two agreed tempos, two keys, but with an agreement to work separately on the constituent parts so that each participant had no idea what the other two would play. A kind of reanimated exquisite corpse. There was a division of labour, too: Erstlaub would provide ground, texture and gravity, basting the overall sound in the kind of meditative drone that characterises his long-form releases such as ‘Marconi’s Shipwreck’ [Broken20]; TVO would supply beats, chaos and semi-rhythmic noise in line with his hardware-focussed recent works like ‘Red Night’ for B20 tape offshoot, Broken60; Production Unit’s remit was for notes both melodic and dissonant, ranging from subs, lush strings and plinking marimbas to the peremptory squawk of seasick pitching hospital machines first heard on ‘ICU Tracks’ [Broken20]. It could have gone horribly wrong. An orchestra of soloists is a dirge. But what transpired was a three-headed beauty, with a likeness to all its parents. Referencing classic ambient chill out as often as rough-edged brutalism, and possessing a clear narrative flow thanks to the score that’s referenced in the accompanying artwork, it’s a triumph for democracy, restraint, kismet and shared artistic vision."