LOCRIAN & CHRISTOPH HEEMAN: s/t LP Handmade Birds
An almost western feel opens up this album from well-respected sound experimentalists, Lochrian and Christoph Heeman. ‘Hecatomb’ is awash with cavernous ambient set upon a desolate cactus ridden plain, where a lone rider drifts amongst swirling mini tornados of sand being thrown up through the endless dunes.
This impressive start however is misleading, with ‘Loathe the Light’ teetering on the edges of experimentalism that clatters around the Z’ev territory a little too much for my liking. There is an element of enjoyable ambience contained within its composition, which suffers by being far too drawn out by the time the guttural rasping vocals seep through the mix.
Side B offers some hope, with ‘Edgeless City’ providing a fairly decent trudge through Dark Ambient circles, but isn’t entirely inspiring. However, ‘Drowned Forest’ is an awesomely constructed piece of work that captures a true feeling of a tribal generation being swamped by the destructive nature of our effect on the Eco structure; subtle layering of chanting vocals befitting of the untimely demise.
This self-titled release in a lot of respects has a lot to offer, but is ultimately a tale of two halves, that would have benefitted from just being released as an EP comprising of the opening and ending tracks, where the impact of their collaboration would have achieved maximum impact.