This release, the final Yellow Swans album as the duo of Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman have called it quits, is getting praise from noise and metal forums to the experimental/electronica crowd. And every last bit of it is well deserved. If you’ve been lucky enough to grab one of Swanson’s self-released tapes from last year, you pretty much know what to expect: utterly intense overloads of multi-layered washes of guitar and electronics; cacophony, beautiful melodies buried way down in the mix and yet totally dominant, and at times, hints at beats or at least some sort of percussive backbone.
There are six tracks on this album and while the 13-minute epic “Opt Out” could be called its centrepiece, my favourite has to be “Limited Space” (big brother to the “Unlimited Options” tracks on one of the cassettes mentioned above?) with its flawless dynamics. “Going Places” is that rare album that is both intimate and overwhelming, tender and frightening, psychedelic and menacingly sober. The meticulous vinyl is especially recommended but in whatever form, this ranks as one of the best albums I’ve heard in recent, well, years. 9/10 -- Jan-Arne Sohns (24 February, 2010)