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Raime: Tooth

 Posted by Maurizio Pustianaz (@)   Electronics / EBM / Electronica
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Jun 06 2016
Artist: Raime
Title: Tooth
Format: CD
Label: Blackest Ever Black
Rated: *****
Four years after their debut "Quarter Turns Over A Living Line", Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead are ready to release, always on Blackest Ever Black, their new album "Tooth". The duo isn't keen on long length albums and if their first one contained seven tracks for 37', this second one has eight new tracks for the same length. With "Quarter Turns Over A Living Line" the audience got acquainted with Raime's sound appreciating their way of using rarefied hypnotic atmospheres, where rhythms and electronic sounds where placed in a way just to create a feeling of uneasiness and a constant tension. If you remember tracks like "Exist In the Repeat of Practice", you know what I mean. On "Tooth", I have the feeling that the duo wanted to extremise the effect created on the first album creating tracks that are even more minimal than the old ones. Another thing they focused on, is on the use bass frequencies: the eight tracks give me the feeling of a dub record where the rhythm has been reduced to the bone. This new formula is working well on the opening "Coax" but in my opinion, after a while, there's something missing. Is like I'm waiting for a sound that will never come. Also the second tracks "Dead Heat" is beginning in a cool way, being really menacing and all but after a minute, that's it. The tune is not progressing. There are only a couple of samples that come and go. Almost all the tracks gave to me that impression and at the end I have the feeling that they reduced the tracks to the essential but they didn't stop when it was too much. I think that their debut was a little more varied and "Tooth" is far from being a boring one, even if the ideas are a little repeated (check the use of guitar/rhythms and sampled vocals on "Hold Your Line" and the closing "Stammer", but as I told before, something is missing and that's a pity.

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