Boomkat Product Review:
Luke Younger and Pat Murano, a.k.a. Helm & Decimus, perform a mutual trepanation in the lurching zombie techno and noise trips of We Will Meet At Other Human Parties; their debut collaboration for Opal Tapes.
Respetively, both artists have carved highly distinctive routes thru the nebulous noise fields up to now, to the point where this feels like a natural confluence of their shared tastes for head-long, psychedeliconcrètabstraction. It’s probably fair to say that Helm has subsumed his sound into Decimus’ tendency for sprawling jams, in the tradition of his numerous volumes for Kelippah, Planam and Further Records.
Both sides play thru as one long track; in the first instance, Any Surface Will Do they curl out a soggy, sloppy pulse rent with arrhythmic concrète apparition and voices that recall either operator’s work at their most fetid and creepy, rolling up to a final passage of gremlin-in-the-machine blackened metal techno.
On the other side they start out more opiated, with the sound of a reverberating bell chime summoning imagery of a lone buoy bobbing in the calm before a storm, which starts to come on with force before burying us at sea in a whirlpool of submerged techno and drowned howl.