Boomkat Product Review:
'The Decline Effect' is Jim Haynes' latest investigation into the entropic properties of "rusted" noise and drone. The San Fran artist is also known for his work as Coelcanth with Thuja's Loren Chasse, but solo his sound is closer to that of BJ Nilsen, Francisco Lopez or Hafler Trio. Influenced by matters of parapsychology, psychokinesis and extra-sensory perception, these four pieces of decayed electroacoustics are "evidence left behind from ephemeral aktions, shipwrecked electronics, re-engineered field recordings, and transmissions from the ether"; tangibly vapourous and acutely chilling tracts of glooming drone and charged atmospheric particles which seem to swirl with radioactive convection and condense on the finer facial hairs. Most like BJ Nilsen, there's a flow to his composition which feels unforced and constantly engaging, as with the patient, calculated introduction of monolithic, blackened drone from the eerily empty beginnings of 'Ashes', or the reverse crystallisation of microscopic sounds in 'Half-Life'. But most impressive is the harmonic layering of 'Cold', genuinely warranting that title with what sounds like contracting metals shivering beneath a symphony of gaseous blue tonalities. Sublime.