At every turn throughout No Pulse, there is nothing but pulse - the heartbeat of percussion, the rhythm of life, the merging of ideas and sounds into one cohesive melange. This recording is just as much a peek into the tastes and passions that make Sawak tick as it is an exposition of their musical abilities.
Mukqs - “SD Biomix”
Mythical audio alchemist Max Allison once again summons the swirling mechanisms and darting digital divisions of his Mukqs persona, to create another work of tumbling aural collage, on a new Orange Milk Records release, SD Biomix.
Arrowounds - “Book of Endangered Species”
With a captivating sound that right away becomes dimensional, Book of Endangered Species presents itself as an audio riddle to be solved by the listener through repeat plays. The opening chapters of this 'book' are embellished with layers of murky, convoluted ambient sound, like a wet layer of forest leaves that must be dug away at to reveal what they are hiding. Turning these earthen pages uncovers muddy drones that move in and out of the listeners space, filling the aural atmosphere with tangible light, and vague tendency to purpose.
While some tracks, such as Glass Cemeteries, tend to drone more directly - there always seem to be shifting levels of texture within the output that continues the interest and thought pattern. Instead of lulling the listener into another consciousness, these sounds invite the listener to explore the current one. Other parts of this story like, the track Rainier, are more cinematic in nature and begin to cycle in light orchestration, and undulate more dynamically than the opening pieces. Throughout the work, varied audio experiences and complex networks of field recording provide a tactile and detailed look at each aspect of the story being told.
The final chapter of the Book of Endangered Species is a lengthy sidelong exploration of a vast, cave-like space. This selection is called Blue Rivers Through Black Earth and is a more traditional droner and is certainly transportive in nature. Overall, this work is a contemplative and multi-faceted exploration of narrative that bears closer inspection and reflection.