Boomkat Product Review:
Jo Montgomerie intensifies her sound in shorter, more nuanced forms of bloody-minded solo piano and crushing tonal pressure after a series of durational releases that have staked her on the map of uncompromising, contemporary noise - RIYL Reinhold Freidl, Éliane Radigue, Alberich, NWW
Firmly established as one to keep an ear on since 2019 via tapes for Industrial Coast and Helen Scarsdale Agency, Jo now diffracts her waves into a more nuanced grip of six cuts for Brachliegen Tapes, hailing from the historic coast of Deal, Kent. Where the unyielding structures of her previous required a focussed level of attentive listening from the user, these ones span Friedl-isch solo piano to whelming industrial drone, ‘Those Things Beyond & Within’ farther reveals her trenchant close listening of the minutiae to her combinations of documentarian field recordings and, for the first time most explicitly, her refusenik background of practice and training as a pianist.
We’re particularly struck by album opener ‘focus on the constant’, where she jabs the lower registers of the piano in a properly doomy processional accreting gloaming overtones like Reinhold Freidl channelling Éliane Radigue. Suitably submerged in her world, the set continues with the gravelly waves of bass attrition in ‘the times i let you think you know me’, while the relative spatial relief of ‘they all fell so easy’ shores up in furnace intensity, and ‘think we lost them’ recalls the sound of the fridge on the other side of my bedroom wall that lulls me to sleep paralysis every night.
By this point you’re either all in or not at all, and ‘i only just realised’ polishes off the with a stare-down 12 minutes of martial industrial percussion and stealthy escalating drone that feels like Black Mecha or Wold’s mentation electronics in its unyielding density. Gwarn Jo, ya mad scone.