Nice contrast on this 7? by two artists working with completely different aesthetics. Vestigial Limb (nee Ray Shinn) represents the cave state that is Kentucky like a wild man first encountering a basic electronic set up. The outcome is a bruising barrage of thick electronic sandstorms. The density of the piece allows you to sink into the track to slowly devour it?s layered brutality. This is hardly a new or progressive sound in the slowly overcrowding harsh noise dungeons these days but presented like this, as a bitesized portion on a clean black 7?, it suddenly becomes the perfect fix to your harsh noise quickie needs.
The B side is like the negative to Vestigial Limb?s brutality. Fletcher Pratt is not one to fall for the seductory qualities of full blown noise assaults but positions himself in a long tradition of experimental tape cutters, a noisy take on musique concr?te if you will. ?Thick Air? sounds as if Pratt got his fieldrecordings in the sewers of his hometown, Winnipeg. Sometimes a muffled voice trickles through the crude soundscapes, probably provided by an elderly couple above ground turning their television?s volume up instead of their hearing aids. The fact that he keeps the track dynamic and at the same time knows how to tie loose ends together is what makes ?Thick Air? so satisfying.
I?d be curious to hear if Pratt?s able to maintain this on a complete album, preferably two sides of vinyl. And that goes for Vestigial Limb as well, I like my quickies but a well played out foreplay leading to a brutal climax is even better. 7/10 -- Joris Heemskerk (22 April, 2008)