Boomkat Product Review:
Grails & OM multi-instrumentalist Emil Amos revives the library horror score theme of 2017 solo debut ‘Filmmusik’ on a heavily satisfying 2nd LP of dank downbeats - RIYL Portishead, Kareem’s Ramadan sides, Spectre, Express Rising, Wasteland, Tricky
Holding among Amos’ best work, ’Zone Black’ decommissions pieces bound for the KPM library in a purposefully slow flow of crackshot downbeats and musty atmospheres, sometimes lit with streaking electric guitar, or dampened with oozing organs, and consistently deep in the vibe. Where this sound can easily be a fag paper away from corny shite, Amos’ reliably steers it in the shadows with a quality carried over from his work in cult intro rock band Grails (beside the likes of Ilyas Ahmed) and patently the awesome stoner duo OM. In the latter context, it hardly needs to be said, but we imagine it goes down very well with some sticky black.
Nourishing noirish urges, ‘Zone Black’ features samples of The Hulk’s ‘Lonely Man Theme’ amid its web of ‘80s analog synths and sound sensitive ambient treatments, firmly anchored in the addictive boom crack lurch of his drums. Pushing off with ‘Moving Target’, which could easily be from some late ‘90s illbient ace, disbelief is perfectly suspended for the duration with drone rock excursion ‘Theme For a Personal Prison’ leading to the title song’s eldritch mood music and classy echoes in early ‘00s drum shuffle on ‘Bad Night at Cowboys’. Carmine-stained Suspiria atmosphere infects ‘Red Palms’ and she even conjures a sort of drone-blues trip-hop on ‘Jealous Gods’, arriving at the LP’s most poignant cues in the keys of ‘Static Mist’, with a final descent into throbbing, dubbed-out Lynchian jazz like Bohren und Der Club of Gore at the disco.