GNOME & SPYBEY: Three Ltd CD / DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Crime League
Mark Spybey of Dead Voices on Air, teams up here with Tony D’Oporto of Gnomes of Kush to create a strange and alluring dilution of sounds, combining soundtrack elements, darker ambience and weird electronic sub textures.
There is a haze over ‘Three’, almost as if you are listening to the album behind a frosted glass filter, watching a series of untold events as shapes that move around; and you can’t quite picture just exactly what is going on.
It would be easy to term a lot of this album as merely nonsensical. There is some argument to that, but there is also a purpose; as the strange squelches and breathing warped noises are the glue tipped claws that grab the disengaged pads in both hands and provide a bridge from one to another, like a musical string of DNA.
It’s no surprise that a lot of ‘Three’ leans more in DVOA territory. I am unaccustomed to the works of Gnomes… but can immediately hear the impact in minor ways throughout this release as brief sparkles of harmony, splicing up the bleak ambient noise.
There is nothing ground breaking here, but then it doesn’t need to be; as one of those albums that is worth listening to when you have heard everything else. There is a lot to enjoy and soak up if you take away the fact that much of this has been played out by others before.