Tuesday, June 2, 2020
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Artist: CNTR (@)
Title: Norhtern Deviation
Format: CD
Rated: *****
The press release that came with the disc states, "Utilizing loops, found sounds, drones and aseptic rhythms, we create unsettling alien soundscapes that fall somewhere between dark ambient and glitch." Sounds good, but the disc starts off with "Laika – Part One," which doesn’t really seem to back that statement up. It’s a bit repetitive for my taste, but it has a decent beat that would appeal to fans of old Orbital. Once we get to "Laika – Part Two" it seems to start owning up to the promise made in the press release. Nice drones and voices that I can’t understand. The track moves at a glacial pace, which seems to be just right. If the beat were more prominent, "Still Water" would be just noisy enough to fit in with the Ant-Zen crowd. In general, this is an interesting mix of soundscapes and beats that defies easy description. In comparison, on their myspace page, they list early Aphex Twin, Nurse with Wound, Coil, and SPK. I can go with early Aphex Twin at times, but they don’t sound like any of the NWW that I own (but I think only Steven Stapleton has all of them) and they don’t quite have the complexity of Coil. But it is engaging and interesting. If you want to hear them for yourself, check out their myspace page at http://www.myspace.com/cntr. This disc weighs in at 65 minutes.