"Half Reality" CDR
Genre: drone, ambient
Drone music being the
noise scene's most marketable commodity, I can see Plurals'
Half Reality being one of those rare experimental releases
that doesn't register scoffs and annoyance from clueless roommates and neighbours. In fact, this all-too brief CDR is a mesmerizingly
hypnotic trip that's perfectly suited to dimly-lit rooms overlooking
expansive, nighttime cityscapes. The adventure begins with the
fourteen minute "Air Yet To Touch Skin," a haunting and oddly regal
drone with Emeralds-esque mysticism. Despite its glacial
pace, it seems far shorter than a quarter-hour, perhaps due to the
subtle sense of tension it projects. The second track, "Hanging
Bar," is a sparser work, and haunting for different reasons. An
ethereal hum forms the backbone of the track, but it's the faraway,
echoing sounds of voices and industrial machinery that occupy its
somehow terrifying foreground. This could be the soundtrack to a
scratchy, black-and-white horror film, or the sounds that emanate
from your car stereo on a rural highway...
encountering this CDR, I was unfamiliar with Plurals' work,
but this sublime EP has really piqued my curiosity. Some might
contend that "drone music is drone music," but it is those
ill-informed unfortunates who really ought to give Half Reality
a spin. Now, if only it came in vinyl...
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