London’s Foredoom present a concise, blistering metallic statement by Annexifier. Agricultural Adjustments is hardly eight minutes a side, but Annexifier does not waste a single moment in establishing harsh, minimal themes.
Using a microphone, drum machine, and synthesizer, Annexifier weaves unrestrained feedback howls alongside sputtering low-end bass “drones” and hammering beats. “Cranes” opens side A with extreme feedback that alternates between frequency shifting screams and controlled oscillations. The transition into “Blossom” is seamless, as Annexifier answers the feedback with distorted screaming and a slamming, percussive fallout. A stream of low bass notes enters, and a collage of the tape’s simple elements collapses into subdued percussion and bass. The instrumentation and vocals are saturated with distortion that sounds like a tape machine pushed into the red (an unrelenting red, at that).
The B-side opens with steady drums on “Pet Dig,” accompanied by crackling synthetic bass. The cut builds until unrestrained feedback matches stuttering, methodical pounding from the drums. This crescendo degenerates into unintelligible screaming and percussion, and the tape ends with a simple decayed bass note.
Given the bare elements employed, Annexifier develops a surprising dynamic range throughout these noisy statements. A shift or a decayed sequence shines different light on those elements, and the feedback seems even more extreme and effective once one hears the sputtering bass and percussive shades. Completely corrupt, efficient, and uncompromising.
Unfortunately, this release may be out of print at its source at the time of this writing. However, there may be distributors with copies of the release, and Foredoom also notes that artists may have copies of the release. Furthermore, it appears that the Sound // Space project may carry Foredoom releases.