Filed under: 2010 Top 25
I’m prone to being a tad anally retentive. I used to work in a record shop. I think too hard about this stuff. I can DO putting music into boxes like a motherfucker. But Demdike Stare have beaten me.
Let’s give it a go: a Lancashire duo (one technobod, one cratedigger) with an astonishing work rate (3 albums in 2010, 4 in the last 12 months); the eerie, sidereal sounds of Coil; the melancholy nostalgia of hauntology (but definitely more Caretaker than Ghost Box); Rhythm & Sound in a forest; death dubstep; the Tibetan Book Of The Dead written by Dennis Wheatley; pagan digidub; ambient, if the ambience evoked was a dank cave under a Lancashire moor rather than a perfumed tent in Goa; more Coil; Sunn O))) if they used analogue synths rather than feedback.
It’s astonishing stuff. It’s also, despite being unsettling, often very beautiful. The best album is probably Symbiosis but that narrowly made it into 2009’s schedule. Liberation Through Hearing is the best of the two from this year I’ve heard (I’ve yet to get hold of Voices of Dust) but it’s honestly all good (as is their Osmosis mixtape).
Some of this stuff is dubstep with the step taken away, which I could milk for some “vertiginous” allusion except I’m not that cheap. But it is disorientating, unsettling, enveloping. Deep listening music.
There’s going to be a 3-album set, Triptych, released early next year. You should buy it, listen to it in the dark and feel like you did when you were a kid checking under the bed for monsters.
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