Monday, August 3, 2020
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Artist: Drago Katzov / Shallower
Title: Split
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: *****
I’m enjoying the international scene that Inner Demons is bringing together in the latest offerings. So where are we going today with this 2x3" split release? According to his Bandcamp location, Drago Katzov resides in the Philippines and Shallower hails from Australia so let’s see what’s happening in Oceania and Asia.

Drago Katzov provides the sounds on disc 1, opening up with “Elegy For Loyal Eight.” This is raw, seemingly guitar based noise with a lot of feedback and field recordings. Kids yelling in the background, people talking, and random noises over someone playing a pleasant song. If you like it unprocessed, this is one for you. I like it. “Twenty Years In The Sand” is synth drone with field recordings and what sounds like someone unsuccessfully trying to start and engine over and over again. Also interesting stuff. “You Will Find Me Between Breaths” is another Synth based track with a nice rhythm running throughout it. Later on, it shifts into a pleasant, if distorted, melody that keeps the rhythm going. I like how raw these tracks are. It's like listening to someone trying out ideas. Experimental in the true sense of the word.

Shallower gets things going on Disc 2 with “Delphis,” a pretty synth line buried under rumbling noise. This is a nice juxtaposition and different elements come though keeping it interesting. Really nice. “Totem Pole Joe” is heavy beats with noise and synth. Suddenly in the middle, it calms down with a lilting flute ditty before coming back with the beats. There's a lot going on here to keep you listening for what comes next. Eventually it all dissolves in a wall of siren-like feedback. “Ethanol Drinker” closes out the set with a really well put together noise wall, with warbling noises that would be right at home in a 1950's sci-fi movie. Everything is coated with a nice layer of static. A synth bass line emerges toward the end before everything suddenly ends.

Overall, this is really enjoyable noise and experimental. Both of these acts are well worth checking out. Limited to 42 copies, so get it while you have a chance.



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