Boomkat Product Review:
Alternately guttural and ecstatic electro-acoustic invocations from Dais Records co-founder Ryan Martin and the restless Joachim Nordwall ov iDEAL, recorded over a couple of cold nights in a Brooklyn basement, late 2014.
Trance Below The Streets courses an effluent route underneath the same, sputum-tiled streets that we’d imagine influenced Ron Morelli’s Spit, pursuing a toxoplasmic muse that resonates in the air, sliming from the ceilings and coating the walls of their recording space and channelled right onto the wax. If it was a scratch and sniff record it would smell of mould.
However, for all the clamminess and cold, ceramic finish, there’s soemthing hypnotically magnetic about the way in which the duo musically converse; neither trying to outdo the other, rather allowing the other room to manoeuvre within the frequency spectrum, from the sludgy gathering of energies in Exposing the Absurdity of Superstition to the ecstatic vocal charge which soon calves away to an oppressive, greying battery in of Retrace/Reverse, before the elegant, sashaying repetitions of Ricochet Around The Triptych lure us into a deeply somnambulant headspace with only the slight hint of violence lurking bedside.
Thanks to engineering by Kyle Keays Hagerman and cold mastering job from Kris Lapke (Alberich), Martin & Nordwall’s music is subtly petrified, pensile, frozen in place as a special document of that night in the basement.