SLOW LISTENER: The Long Rain MC / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Exotic Pylon
Really? People listen to cassettes still? Thankfully this had been burnt up for review and at least it’s downloadable (although the collector in me still doesn’t count digital downloads as proper releases).
What we have here are two long tracks of drone and ambient with a touch of the psychedelic and a stab at some field recordings. Providing a stable base to this release are the old radio hums and whirs that give the listener a desolate landscape of sound that are as cold and as bleak as anything I have heard from the genre and ever so reminiscent of work by The Caretaker (sort of).
Unfortunately this is the only credit I can give to the artist; it takes a lot of work to produce a fine Dark Ambient album and more talent than many seem to recognise. The opening track ‘And Nor Was He Mistaken’ at least has some grounding, but its counterpart ‘Ondras Rising’ was just a wash of pointless noises and hums, lacking substance, range and the production values necessary when composing such work.