RELAY FOR DEATH: Natural Incapacity 2xCD The Helen Scarsdale Agency


RELAY FOR DEATH: Natural Incapacity     2xCD   The Helen Scarsdale Agency

Sisters, Rachal and Roxann Spikula, have provided here, two very long tracks over the course of two discs; that provide a sea of unending ambient noise from start to finish.

I am torn really, as in short bursts I do love noise as a genre; and really should lap this up.  But, whilst this album as a whole does have the foundation to build something great upon, there seems to be little else but the sound of factory with machines whirring and humming away.

Overall, this is actually fairly inoffensive; and ultimately this is its undoing.  As a whole it feels fairly lifeless, neither too noisy, nor ambient enough; and whilst sat lost all at sea, this draws zero provocation and ultimately does nothing for the listener.  It really needs some screaming, shouty vocals.

The worst crime of all is that this requires little talent to produce.  Get yourself a tape recorder and a friend in a factory; and you too can produce over two hours of pointless droning noise just like the Spikula twins.


SIGTRYGGUR BERG SIGMARSSON: So Long CD The Helen Scarsdale Agency


SIGTRYGGUR BERG SIGMARSSON: So Long   CD The Helen Scarsdale Agency

Taking approximately fifteen years to complete Sigmarsson provides us with three long tracks of ambient and drone over the space of and hour and seven minutes. For some this will test the patience; for others this will provide an opportunity to sit and observe what appears in the cracks and crevices of subtlety along the way. I sit in the middle, in all honesty; and approached this work with minor trepidation.

The aptly titled ‘So Long’, is an interesting affair for the most part; it works better on CD as well, as this would be broken up too much in any other format.   Resonating swells appear through the dense fog of machine hums and breathing field recordings; and ‘Eight Hour Delay’ eventually unfolds into a cloud of ghostly Dark Ambient.

‘The Trip’ starts immediately where its predecessor left off, evolving into a sea of elevating pads that echo out as a beacon of light; guiding the ship of sound to shore, where the ‘Late Night Arrival’ takes an altogether more sinister turn. Awaiting our traveller sits a harbour of desolate blackness where the ominous hum of digital blackness engulfs all that drop anchor.

Overall, ‘So Long’ is a gripping and intriguing journey, that rewards the more patient out there, with many a twist and turn for those with eager ears; to latch onto the minor nuances of sound that interrupt this subterranean behemoth of Drone.