Boomkat Product Review:
Pessimist by name and nature, Kristian Jabs supplies a bassy warning shot about ecocide in the Boreal Massif duo with Reuben Kramer via his personal label spearheading the Trip Hop 2.0, err, thing.
In a similar mode to the ‘Pessimist & Karim Maas’ album, Boreal Massif’s ‘We All Have An Impact’ adopts a sluggish tempo to convey a foreboding sonic metaphor for the ruinous effect of humans over nature. It’s no Fatboy Slim sampling Greta Thunberg, but it is a fittingly sombre elegy for the apathy, well-intentioned floundering and confusion surrounding climate change.
In 12 parts they pull up the guilt like a poultice with low-key, shadowy layers of synths and earthy dub bass riddled with rudely sawn-off drums, often tending to rub out the rhythm and leave listeners in imposingly stark situations that recall classic Burial interludes or haunting passages of The Caretaker before strafing into claggy corners of crushed drums shades away from King Midas Sound and Kevin Martin’s glowering ‘90s styles.