Review – Chlorine – Oban

The first thing any person with working eyes will notice when visiting Chlorine’s Oban is the front cover artwork. It’s the kind of material you could come across in a gallery, or perhaps a modern art museum. The artwork that reveals so little and at the same time so much, the picture that will leave teachers and students stroking their chins like they are examining the structure of self grown imaginary goatees.

When everyone is exhausted from the chin stroking it is of course the music that is on the rest of the adventurer’s agenda. ’24 hour love thing’ is the first thing you should hear if you follow the official running order. It’s a track that feels 24 hours long, which is quite amazing as the material is just a little but longer then 8 minutes. It must be a case of music being so good that time simply stands still, or loses a bit of it’s very own meaning. The actual ‘love thing’ is fairly minimal; something that comes across as a cloud of a few tones. These tones are pretty sweet, nicely shaped and perhaps great material for lovers, loved ones, and romantic episodes among people engaging in romances.

Puddle Dress seems to be more varied in its tones; a dreamy setting that makes me think of a old wooden bedroom with a spinning wheel, some long dressed figure attempting to fix a broken ballroom dress, and another one playing some kind of organ to give the room a juicy atmosphere. The last but not unimportant title track is ‘Oban’. Oban is just like the cover artwork would suggest; material to stroke your chin with and look intellectually confident. The music is like a shadow, a void, an abstract drone, a naked body pressed against the glass screen of a shower cabin, someone who’s body mass gets heavy and bigger until the process is reversed. It doesnt make much sense, but hey this is art! Let’s stroke our chin some more and look at it with a look of understanding & total apprecation.

| Yeah I Know it Sucks

SMK077 – Chlorine – Oban

A single reedlike pulse indulges in a hesitant sniffing of the air before taking shape as a beautiful murmuring that envelops the listener’s Psyche; like a mist rolling in from the Grey Havens. This is how we describe the track called 24 Hour Love Thing; a shimmering beauty that takes AWVFFTS’s Muse and frolickes with her most wantonly on a kebab-stained mattress. Puddle Dress is a looped soundscape that sounds like a Yak breathing over Asmus Tietchens’ shoulder. And Oban sounds like the soundtrack to a Graham Sutherland painting. Yet more wantaway romance from Sunderland’s Chlorine, shaking a magic stick at that town’s spray-tan sloth. Dig, Ye musclebound bankers!

SMK076 – Chlorine – Gobstoppers

Bravura electro? Does it exist? This digital Behemoth, cominatcha from Mackemland and the Former Bollenstreek just doesn’t know when to stop or shut its cakehole. A diffuse collection of reflective soundscapes, kitchen-range bangers, daydreams-made-code, extenuated sonic wankathons and odd sonic fag ends has an air of Hohe Priester Klaus Quadro Schulze about it. Is Chlorine getting fucked up and lippy and wearing a cape? We think so. Not everything is short. Some monstrous beasts stalk the plain; after 23 tracks of ambient freak out, any tea drinking wallflowers left standing will be pasted and basted by the 23 minute postpostpost industrial stomp of Braiiqswavve. The sound of packages being made on a production line near you!

SMK075 – Toxic Chicken – Waterreus Remixes

Through the power of the internet we got two remixes of the Waterreus Soundtrack by Jacco Weener. While Jacco is going strong with his shows at Incubate and Van Onderen it looks like people are finally noticing his craftsmanship.

Toxic Chicken Remix

Kai Nobuko Remix

SmikkelCast#015

Remember when we didn’t do our VLG? we use to made Smikkelcasts 🙂
Last Friday we tried to do one but we failed we will call that our “LostCast” maybe it will popup someday..

Yesterday we had a SmikkelTalk at de WW and Richard was behind the wheels of steel durning the “Op Volle Groeven” night. Which was nice. The KIEFF + MO showed up and they discovered some new records in Richard’s bag.

Enjoy this and except more stuff soon!

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