BRUCE GILBERT AND BAW: Diluvial CD Touch
There is an overtly green element to the concept that feeds ‘Diluvial’. Dwelling on the dynamics of global warming and food geology, climate change is a subject many of us can get to grips with, so it is always interesting to see how the subject matter is translated into musical form.
Swelling pads rise patiently through ‘The Void’, with a creeping malevolence as scattered scratches sporadically invade the space with slicing wires of sound, providing a humming desolate soundtrack to the end of times and a sparse barren landscape.
The field-recording heavy, ‘The Expanse’ did little to enthuse me, but in the context of the entire release fits I guess with the following dust driven noise of ‘Dry Land’. Back to back however, when you are dehydrated for music, this does little to quench your thirst.
‘Lights’, picks up from where ‘The Void’ left off. Rich, resonating bass hums through the speakers as droning waves gradually pierce through the mix, with a grasp of the genre most notably felt on some of the earlier works of The Law-Rah Collective.
The following four tracks cover varying degrees of ambient, from cavernous echoes to light pulsating electronics. It’s hard to pin down this release as whole, as more often than not it feels a little disjointed, as if the tracks should have been shifted into a different order. However, this is an interesting album for the most part, but does require more than your fair share of patience to invest your time on it end to end.