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Artist: Noone
Title: How doth the Little Crocodile Improve His Shining Tail
Format: CD + Download
Label: Midira Records
The mysterious Noone (as in “no-one”)’s first physical release is a single 60-minute work, but there’s a variety of flavours in it as it unfolds.

The headline genre would have to be ambient drone, with windy synthetic washes, slow glass-like hints of melody and hollow atmospheres pervading, but there are also twists of much whiter, angrier noise (particularly in the slightly misleading opening moments). There are also production touches that feel like electronic beats and glitches that may have begun as techno but which have been slowed, warped and processed so extensively that they’re now they’re totally out of context, just an echo of their former sounds. Occasional other elements, like distant conversations, some more glittery synth pads, and more conventional lonely piano notes and suspense-laden string notes, are temporary visitors.

In one sense this feels like rather structureless, by-the-numbers drone work with some over-familiar aspects and a lack of distinguishing characteristics, but the result holds together into a fairly coherent and melancholic hour, bookended by some of its oddest parts. Not perhaps the most accomplished or distinctive of drone pieces, but still a journey worth exploring.

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