PAUL BARAN: The Other CD Fang Bomb
Baran lists many influences ranging from political feelings, and cultures as the source of the title to this album. What we do have are a collection of sound sources ands electro-acoustic atmospheres from this Glasgow based composer that delve into a varied path of obscurities.
‘Himmelstrasse’, the first proper track on this album, plucks out a degree of obscure sounds that are eventually met with a droll poetic drawl, accompanied by off kilter orchestration that knocks the sound off balance; bringing to mind the ramblings of a drunken individual staggering from lamp posts to slumping into the gutter on a damp miserable evening.
Along the way there are some interesting factors that come into play that lift the album from its plummeting lunacy. ‘Celebrity’, captures Dark Ambient sensibilities well, clawing a varied degree of abrasive sounds through a dense fog, whilst ‘The Zone’ tampers with glitch electronics and warped drones. It’s this area where I feel Baran works best and everything feels more cohesive.
‘The Other’, is a bitter pill that is overly sized and hard to swallow. Undoubtedly this album has taken a great degree of effort to create, given the amount of sources that Paul worked with to complete this in its entirety; and I have to give a nod of appreciation for all the effort contained within. However, the main achievement lies in a release that frustrates the listener as much as it pleases and whilst normally this would anger me, there is the overt feeling that this is what he set out to accomplish; and for that, I have to applaud what he has created, even if I didn’t overly enjoy the experience.