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Thursday, 18 August 2011

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Disclosures: 'track of the day' isn't going to be every day & its notion of what constitutes a track may not be yours. Regardless, this preview of Billy Gomberg's Give or Give In C60 cassette for Digitalis demands attention.

The tape's first side (called Rude Divides, seemingly...) punctures a brooding, burbling backdrop with nicely loping trills & fills. But things turn really exceptional on the flip (the beautifully titled Shown Up In Your Chest Like Silver) as affecting tones pierce a murky fog in a kind of sonar navigation of the depths. Even just seven minutes of this (out of a full 30) deliver a nearly hallucinatory & entirely diverting immersion.

strictly lower-case blurb (to reassure us we're in the tape underground, presumably...): "billy gomberg operates out of brooklyn, utilizing whatever tools and instruments he can get his hands on to create sprawling compositions. these two 30 minute treks of synthesizer & field recordings morph in countless and often unexpected ways. irregular drones and muddy rhythms inhabit strange, interplanetary dance zones, pumping along until a spectral wave of tones overrides everything and slows it down to a crawl. gomberg has an innate skill in combining so many fine details into a deliciously cohesive whole. edition of 75. chrome."

More at SoundCloud (also here, here, here, here - the first a mesmerising (& free!) download from a forthcoming release on rest + noise, the last also downloadable & arguably even better - & much more ...) & Vimeo.

UPDATE: Billy notes that Give's first side was recorded during this appearance at the Qwartz awards & gives further background to the release.



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