Boomkat Product Review:
After a handful of excellent releases from Hieroglyphic Being, Oneohtrix Point Never/Tomutonttu and Design A Wave, Alter records present a far more sombre engagement from Southend's Liberez. 'The Letter' is their debut album, an improvised session with elements of power electronics, folk drone, and concrète arranged with an abstract narrative derived from the deconstructed vocals of Nina Bosnic. Nina is accompanied by recording engineer John Hannon and Pete Wilkins, and multi instrumentalist Tom Scott James of Bo' Weavil Recordings. Their cumulative sound calls to mind KTL and Raionbashi, likely attributable to the hi-end studio engineering of John Hannon, bringing to life an instinctive feel for visceral and tangibly textured noise elicited from a traditional set-up of drums and guitars, and more unorthodox methods of field recording on mobile phones and portable cassette recorders. Apparently it was a piece of text written by Bosnic which forms the backbone to the album, using the cadence and inflection of her speech as pattern, rather than melody, to play against. With 'The Letter' they attempt to subvert and deconstruct traditional structures, citing more influence from Robert Ashley than Chuck Berry, and if you know what that means, you'd do well to investigate this excellent set further.