"Out of One, Through One and To One" is undoubtedly the most fully realized document of the Double Leopards? aesthetic to date. Each devastatingly beautiful side showcases stunning group improvisation and conceptual prowess, with the Leopards fine-tuning their signature sound and ascending onto new plateaus of maximized sonic nod-out. Simply put, this album feels like the culminating work of one of the most consistently fascinating groups in the improv/drone/noise stratosphere.
The first few moments of Side A reveal low-end drones and whispered static, curling and billowing like aural phantasms for your third ear. From here, the Leopards work themselves into an electric storm cloud of drone. Hummed vocals, bleary synth, and torrential ribbons of e-bow guitar emerge slowly, as lumbering, mescaline-addled dinosaurs stumbling headlong through wire thickets of blackened, atmospheric drone. The Gematria cassette box on Heavy Tapes has proved a wonderful sonic Rosetta Stone for decoding the Leopards? cosmos. Since listening to those solo transmissions, I can?t help but zone in on the individual strands each member adds to the group sound. This makes these recordings perhaps even more intriguing, as one can detect each member?s contribution to the staggering whole. I can readily distinguish the static analog/digital fuckery common to Mike Bernstein?s Workbench project, and the hermetic, sun-scorched guitar/vocal work provided by Marcia Bassett, fresh from collaborations with Tom Carter and Matthew Bower in Zaika and Hototogisu respectively, and her mind-bending solo flights as Za?mph.
Side B contains perhaps the Leopards? finest moments put to wax. These are completely blown, singularly meditative universes of sound. Blasted shaman chants, volcanoes of pure, atavistic drone, completely disorienting, yet utterly captivating and beautiful. Segments here recall the meditative summits of "Halve Maen," but these vistas are even more stunning, even more transportive. Delayed vocals drift as specters through each channel, clanging ghost pianos convulse and decay. Samara Lubelski?s engineering perfectly captures the Leopards? sound. The music retains its essential organic qualities, and is augmented by a depth and clarity only studio recording can yield. A sense of control and finesse permeates this recording. The Leopards are truly at the top of their game; you should be flying with them. 10/10 -- Alex Cobb (24 October, 2005)