Thursday, July 9, 2020
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Artist: Hattifnatter (@)
Title: Barometrizm
Format: CD
Label: Zhelezobeton (@)
Rated: *****
Hattifnatter is a collaboration between Evgeniy Savenko (Lunar Abyss, etc.) and M.M. (Kryptogen Rundfunk, and the person behind Zhelezobeton). This is their first release and the label describes the album this way: “Through the clouds of omnifarious rustles, hisses and crackles one can see the landscape built by analogue pulsations and multiplied echoed acoustic percussion clatter. Swarming in the bush of field recordings and random sound combinations are the little voices of the unknown creatures. The air of atonal guitar drones is soaked in melodic tunes, feedbacks and colourful multi-layered effects.” For once, the label’s description is pretty spot on. “Barometrat” opens the album with field recordings of walking, paper, water, and other sounds over synth drone to create an interesting atmosphere. “Ieram” opens with unintelligible (to me, at least) male vocals and noisy elements with constantly building bass. “Echolotus” brings in didgeridoo drones playing on a windswept plain as a guitar plays. “Lutump” keeps the droney atmosphere but adds heavily processed, unintelligible vocals. “Floksary” brings back the field recordings into the drone, with wind chimes, water, and fragments of a beat that open the track. “Renasyr” has a hypnotic feel with long blasts of sound within the drone. This is the kind of album that fades into the background as you are listening, providing a kind of soundtrack for your day. If your life was epic enough to be a movie, of course. This album weighs in at around 49 minutes.


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