Nathaniel Young

“Accosting Form, Pure Intent (lp, White”

MOTDLP005 scanZoom inLabelMysteries Of The Deep
Cat. No.MOTDLP005
FormatEXCLS-LP
Orders fromFri, 30 Aug 2019
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LP with full color jacket, deluxe printed sleeve, 140g White Vinyl, Digital download code Tracklist A1. Limitation Without Direction (5:57) A2. Zion Waits For No One (7:02) A3. Comfort In Form (7:55) A4. Recessed Constraint (6:50) B1. Communal Dysphoria (7:36) B2. Extrasolar (5:16) B3. May I Speak Candidly (7:06) B4. Graying Dawn (5:53) Short info: “Accosting Form, Pure Intent” - Nathaniel Young’s new album for Mysteries of the Deep - is a contradiction that makes sense. At once raw and elegant, it emerges from a place of constraint and desire. Its individual tracks reflect this paradox as the album unlocks itself like a koan: a riddle that, once solved, dawns on the listener like an epiphany. Metallic emanations in “Communal Dysphoria” and “Comfort in Form,” interpolated with echo and reverb, arise from the void and disappear back into it, moving like scattered precipitation over rugged, rhythmic terrain. Certain tracks speak to certain influences: in “Extrasolar” and “May I Speak Candidly,” drone is tempered by synth pads and wistful ambience. “Zion Waits for No One” brings to mind a sense of the Chthonic: a dark, primitive creature submerged. A monster from the loch that at times breaks through the still, watery surface. Despite the assorted elements at work, a visceral quality binds everything together. Even the record’s more subdued works are textured and tangible, at times balancing or playing against the serrated edges of its more structured pieces. Like all compelling works, the sounds here exist in a liminal space that is not entirely classifiable. Still, it is wholly cohesive in both its moodiness and its adeptness. Releases on Umor Rex, Blankstairs, Phinery Tapes, Hospital Productions

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