A disquieting record to accompany the nightmare of now. Baldruin documents this darkness, finding some hope in the helplessness. Buried within these grooves, lies a dizzying array of crepuscular sonics. Barely alive, it drips with dread. Rachitic loops return to us, like traumas. A sticky submission. My goodness, these earworms are infectious.
Black Horizons | BH-115
Aetheric Records | AR #26
Cloister Recordings | CRUS-23
"Infuse hauntology with a bunch of gothic terror and you might be halfway to understanding ‘Biotische Verwitterung’, a record whose swirling flurries of cascading, whirring, ghosting sounds make me feel quite uncomfortable. With samples from people who sound like they probably stopped existing, dilapidated techno beats and random sirens, gunshots, etcetera… there’s a lot going on that isn’t nice.
Its sound palette is both extremely retro and happily more modernly noisy, drawing both on the kind of vampiric overtones of old horror soundtracks and a more creaking, dissonant sound design that might please a Ryo Murakami or two. The vignettes borrow as much from IDM as they do from randomly sampled plunderphonics, with voices and drums often sounding disparate, stumbled upon in a dusty library one creepy story away from the Twilight Zone.
If you like your records to flick a switch 'til it fuses, to keep moving between soundscapes until all your tension and dread feels completely dislocated, then Baldruin’s sounds might well be worth getting creeped by."