Boomkat Product Review:
Two of the American underground's most consistently impressive artists offer up this excellent album. Since his departure from Wolf Eyes, Dilloway has been uncommonly productive, becoming a more vibrant force within the noise community than ever, partially thanks to the Hanson Records imprint he administrates, one of the more consistent labels to showcase the outpourings of the world's premier distortion hounds. C Spencer Yeh's Burning Star Core, meanwhile, came up with two of last year's key releases: Blood Lightning 2007 and Operator Dead... Post Abandoned, so The Squid is an enticing prospect. Opener 'Ahab' has all the texture and complexity of some vintage concrète work, all rendered onto degraded four track recordings with an authentically ancient aesthetic approach. In fact, the collaboration has all the hallmarks of an interactive electroacoustic piece, effectively a duet between Yeh's violin and Dilloway's tape loop manipulations of that violin, contorting the instrument into trance-inducing, reedy repetitions while layers of echo distort into feedback oblivion. As an additional offering, the original three LP tracks are reproduced here alongside 'False Speech I-III', a collage piece assembled from the duo's out of print cassette release (titled False Speech, had you not already guessed) which applies a similar array of compositional techniques to The Squid, but calling upon the human voice as a starting point rather than the violin. Excellent.