Friday, June 5, 2020
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Artist: FICKLE & HL
Title: Distraction
Format: 3" MiniCD
Label: No Ground-r
Rated: *****
This audio/data 3" cdr has been out for a while, but I get to talk about it only now due to a seriously messed up review schedule. HL is No Ground Processes main agitator Dan Hopkins, whose very interesting debut "A449/19 (Work in Progress)" was reviewed a while ago; here he teams up with a Stoke-on-Trent-based artist known as Fickle, who has another cdr out on Consume. The audio track is an edit from a concert that the duo played in February 2004, featured in its full length as an mp3 in the data part. I have no clue about who played what, but the kind of fragmented processing of the edit is quite similar to the above mentioned "A449/19 (Work in Progress)", only that this time there are apparently no environmental recordings, just "real" instruments. The piece begins with a throbbing hum to which different sounds and layers are added throughout: scratching loops, vaguely melodic tones, a steady pulse towards the end... Quite interesting for what it is, but a bit unrefined, and for my personal taste not as captivating, in the choice of sound sources, as HL's previous 3"s.

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