Boomkat Product Review:
The cultishly adored Watch Repair figures bless ONO with a 5th ether dream sequence of haptic rustle and chimes following lots of love from notables such as Jon K and Tom Boogizm for their earlier instalments, including the now sought-after Stopped Clock Chimes.
Again, with The Polarities the listener is strung out in a cat’s cradle of gently reverberant dulcimer, reed organ, guitar, thumbtack gourd and other, assorted inputs, to conjure something like an ephemeral, wind-powered sound sculpture or tone poem collage akin to Smegma jamming with Andrew Liles, or Anne Guthrie smashed on valdos with Kemialliset Ystävät.
There appears to be four guest personnel on board this time, in addition to the unknown quantity of Watch Repair (if they even exist, and aren’t actually mechanical figments of Michael Holland’s imagination), with at least eight hands on deck lending this session a nimble, if subtle sense of movement within its viscous, puce hued stasis.
The seamless session achieves a most desirable effect, floating weightless between what sound like subaquatic jazz refrains to seamlessly segue afternoon matinee soundtrack themes with coastal field recordings and passages of glistening, plasmic chimes that unfurl and wave like the fronds of deep sea flora caught in the current.
If you’ve loved the others we’re certain you’ll be smitten with this one, too. You’re encouraged to try playing it whilst staggered with the soundcloud file for optimal disorientation. Recommended!