THE CRAY TWINS: The Pier CD Fang Bomb


THE CRAY TWINS: The Pier     CD Fang Bomb

Nothing to do with the loser gangster duo from London, you could be forgiven upon the opening notes of ‘Duao 1’ into thinking that ‘The Pier’ is going to be just another Power Electronics album.  In short, it isn’t.

Collaborations come from BJ Nilsen and the like; and it’s this, coupled with Baran and Kennedy’s fascination with electronic and acoustic audio systems, that have produced an album of great weight and purpose.

Static Industrial mechanisms are massaged with ambient sub textures and ghostly spectre like pads, where harmonics dance across a bed of barbed wire foundations.  Desolate and desperate, ‘The Pier’ lays heavy atmospherics at the heart of everything it attempts to achieve.

Primarily this will appeal to fans of PE and Dark Ambient, such is the nature of the beast they have created.  However, there is a wealth of artistic integrity to the album, that will provide a wider scope for those that like their music accompanying installations and such like; and I imagine that this duo could couple this up with some visually stimulating entertainment on the live circuit.


PAUL BARAN: The Other CD Fang Bomb


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.