Boomkat Product Review:
Downwards' gloomiest duo summon the spirits of Coil and Cocteau Twins on this compelling sophomore 12". Like Teutonic cousins to Blackest Ever Black's Dalhous, Oake channel wide ranging influences from film, literature and esoteric musics to create texturally rich and evocative arrangements which don't necessarily sit well in any pre-ordained genre. Their 2nd outing is a bleak call to like-minded souls, using worm-charming subsonic pulses and banking wails on 'Sehtohree Diin Chromtas Vehns' to seduce both techno heads and goths, whilst 'Tuturden Giit Chreteen Dwe' displays an increasingly visceral yet diffuse grasp of spatialised sound design that should entice fans of modern electronics such as Marina Rosenfeld's 'P.A. / Hard Love'. Deeper in, 'Wekanee Siin Redrech Enjenn' impressively intersects the atmospheres and vocal glossolalia of This Mortal Coil with shocks of blackened metal drums and elegantly restrained electronics that surge forth in the final throes, and 'Wuhleor Niir Peffgeeng Pfudenn' sounds every bit as arcane as its title - a malefic interzone of sodden, trodding drums swarmed with FM wraithes to jaw-clenching, sweaty palmed effect. Ultimately it's much better than their first 12" and a damn fine example of Downwards' faith in the darkside.