What are the Sandoz Lab Technicians really like? I have no idea. Every impression I get from them quickly gets turned on its ass by whatever I hear of theirs next. "Everything's Fifteen," their latest CD on Campbell Kneale's great Celebrate Psi-Phenomena imprint, is one sprawling track. I am amazed at how many mood shifts there are in this singular piece, though; it's like an entire drama filmed with a single shot, and a single camera. It seems impossible to do, but Sandoz Lab Technicians pull it off without fail.
So what exactly is this like? It's hard to describe. It's equal parts free jazz skronk, blues tinged noise, acid freakouts, and glacial drones. This is life in an echo chamber. It's a distilled version of reality, moving along at snail speed, but as each event unfolds the listener is continually knocked down by its overall might. These 45 minutes were recorded live in their home in New Zealand. It's like a soundtracking of the oncoming winter. The emotion teeters between excitement for the cold air, but trepidation that this may be the year the sun disappears for good.
Screeching walls of chemical dust float in the air of the massive space this album was recorded in. The openness of the room echoes all over this album. You will feel enveloped by it's mass. There is something magical here in these 45 minutes; something that transcends belief. One long take, one chance - if someone fucks up, it's over. But they don't, and the continous unfolding drama of "Everything's Fifteen" is left as a gift to an unsuspecting public. Sandoz Lab Technicians have reached another level on this album, and if you haven't been around for the first installments, you better get on board now. This is the best punch in the stomach you'll ever receive. 8/10 -- Brad Rose (25 May, 2005)