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sexta-feira, 16 de setembro de 2011

Nadja & Black Boned Angel

This is one of my personal favorites. Here is a two-track collaboration between drone outfits Nadja and Black Boned Angel released in 2009 by the hand of 20 Buck Spin. Nadja, for those of you not familiar, are a highly prolific duo from Canada specializing in dreamy, psychedelic drone and Black Boned Angel are a trio from New Zealand that sound like a clone from Sunn O))).

Given the two projects’ respective backgrounds, you pretty much know that you’re in for: a droning doom with plenty of atmosphere. That’s exactly what you get with each track, evenly spaced out over the fifty minutes. Each track pretty much follows the same pattern of a slow build with plenty of deep bass lines and a glacially paced percussion, to a slow fade of drowning fuzz and atmospherics. Overlaying the bass and percussion are plenty of higher pitched harmonics with considerable distortion and low-fi fuzz. Fading in and out periodically are higher frequency, razor thin sounds that border on the subliminal.

The collaboration’s result works pretty well, and is certainly going to appeal to fans of Sunn O))) and so on. If you’re not familiar with either Nadja or Black Boned Angel, this is probably as good a place to start as any, but this excursion is probably closer to the individual work of Black Boned Angel than that of Nadja. Recommended for the barbiturate fueled drone crowd.

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