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Boomkat Product Review:
A strong new addition to Colin Potter’s voluminous catalogue, ‘The Abominable Slowman’ features a mix of new and archival 20 year old recordings polished for purpose.
Arriving as the solo follow-up to ‘Rank Sonata’ [Hallow Ground, 2015], and dished up just prior to his part in last year’s ace Potter Natalizia Zen trio side for Ecstatic, 2017’s ‘The Abominable Slowman’ sees Potter time-travel between various IC Studio locations, tying up loose ends and manipulating perceptions of temporality in his lauded style of psychedelic magick.
In five parts he explores components of rhythm as a tool for bending perceptions of time. His motorik meters dwell in a paradoxical state of driving forward motion and repetitive stasis, first erupting from dense, buzzsaw noise into swampy, lysergic and acidic psych grind in ‘Not Yeti’, then slowing the tape down to a crawl and opening out, emphasising strange artefacts therein with ‘The Knights Are Drawing In’. ‘Unstable Tennis’ follows with a gnashing flux of percussion and distorted whirligig leads in a viscous whorl, and the contrast of sludgy trample and piquant electronics in ‘Never Underestimate The Power of Nothing’ brilliantly pull mind and body in opposing directions.