Boomkat Product Review:
Following from the previous curveball sent by Mick Harris and Regis, Downwards resort to darker tactics with an extraordinary release by Camella Lobo & J Mendez, who's probably better known as Sandwell District's Silent Servant. Recorded live in the spring of 2009, 'The Dull Age' is a harrowing compositon of arcane folk drones and smacked out vocals, driven by Suicide style drum machine minimalism and shuddering within some of the bleakest soundscapes this side of Sunn O))). 'Victims' on the underside was recorded in winter of 2008, and follows the same shady path inspired by a wealth of classic darkside influences to end up with a dank basement sound bearing traces of everything from The Velvets to MBV, with distant drum loops and miserablist guitars trawling the surface. Despite not being remotely techno, the sound perfectly suits the sinisterly irony-free Black country aesthetic of the label and come with our highest recommendations to any lovers of the Type imprint, Deathprod, Cold Cave, Mordant Music's 'The Tower' project or classic darkside material.