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Our affection for the work of Timo van Luijk (Af Ursin, Elodie, Ilta Hamara ++) is well-documented... Here, on a comp which acts a kind of introduction to his particular seam of the post-industrial underworld, the Belgian seer and instrument-builder showcases the work of himself and of artists affiliated with his La Scie Doree label - quiet music, but thoroughly unsettling and disconcerting (without teetering into anything easily assimilable as outright DARKNESS.)
Af Ursin’s ‘Voyance’ is in some ways of typical of his oeuvre, but its voluptuous fin de siecle ambience is parsed with icy woodwinds that give it a more suspenseful, Macchi/Gruppo crime-jazz feel. Veteran American free percussionist Michael Ranta’s gives us 'Save Alchi', a beautifully depressive pseudo-gamelan, and 'Save Alchi', by Circaea (Andrew Chalk, Tom James Scott, Ecka Mortdecai) is a shimmer of enticing melodic propositions without clear resolution - which should be infuriating but is in fact quite the opposite (reminds me, strangely enough, of Villalobos’s The Au Harem D’Archimede?!)
Jac Berrocal and Nurse With Wound’s contributions, both brilliant, feel like a passing of the torch - Stapleton in particular having pretty much given birth to the entire European subculture which L.S.D. is now a central node in. Bart de Paepe (seemingly channeling NWW’s Soliloquy For Lilith in the air-curdling drone-seance of ‘De Vaag’) and Raymond Dijkstra also appear.
The interdimensional, á rebours wrecking crew in full effect!