You may remember Meditative Sect from 2009 when 905 Tapes put out their first release. Well, the only other work put out with their name on it was an LP called Laceration Points on Magic Bullet Records a year later. Now in 2012, Merz Tapes has rereleased that LP on cassette with refitted art and design for the new format. Looks great, by the way. From the impressive pro imprinted fonts on the black tape shell to the foldout j card, everything was done thoughtfully and deliberately to give you this beautiful final product.
The title Laceration Points makes this album sound harsher than it is. The nine tracks range from 46 seconds to 5 minutes 47 seconds. This is surprising to me, for the methodology on this release is all drone which typically last over ten minutes with other artists. The brevity keeps things moving though and keeps you from falling asleep or getting bored or even prevents you from being too scared to commit to such a tape. The whole thing is, the artist’s moniker is Meditative Sect, but I feel like the shortness of the tracks keeps me from really getting into a meditative state. As soon as I start really entering wholly into the track it ends. Nevertheless, the drones are pretty sweet. Mostly withdrawn and calm. Beautiful cresting arcs that ebb and flow. There’s not too much that makes them particularly dark, except the occasional moody atmosphere or low end rumbles or even fuzzy effects that accompany the drone at points. I see this fitting into any crystal-carrying psych fan’s collection as well as those who maybe like their music a little more on the nocturnal side.