Taâlem

Sometimes in the world of lo-fi noise terror one can find something interesting, like this well-crafted piece by Martin Steinebach (aka Compest), who also releases works under the monikers Monoid, StillStand and Conscientia Peccati. This disc opens with what sounds like a sweet being thrown away, captured by contact microphones and put into a distortion unit until it develops into a late-80s, ritual/Industrial low-budget symphony with repeated drum patterns, sci-fi synth patches and other crunchy sources. Don’t know exactly why, but it reminded me of the Dutch project Het Zweet (anybody remember that?).. listener expectation is sufficiently stimulated and rewarded throughout this naive but effective soundscape.

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