Review: twAt klAxon – twAt klAxon (Dret Skivor, Oct 1)

It’s hard to imagine that any release that shows up on this site will ever surpass (or subvert?) the next-to-null musical value of Emergency in Six Movements (see review here). A quick cursory scrub through twAt klAxon, however, might give the impression that the curious little tape from the shadowy hideaways of Finland is the aesthetics-annihilating chosen one; over two sides of a C43, each one titled with the corresponding half of the anonymous artist’s enigmatic alias, the sole sonic feature is a single strand of crude, thick, pure-electronic output wave, most likely generated using basic no-input feedback loops based on information given in the tags (which also contain such gems as “weirdo” and “even weirder than that”). But after even just a few minutes into “twAt,” once the nearly silent ghost-sparks within the innards of the mixer (or whatever other source is being used) exponentially coalesce into a solid yet easily unseated drone that warbles and vacillates in the less conspicuous undergirds of the audible range, it becomes clear that there is something more than obstinate incessance at work here. Perhaps nudging the nobs and dials with an even sparer touch than any no-input disciple must utilize, twAt klAxon wrangles the solitary pulse with the sporadic, imprecise lasso-yanks of a disinterested rancher, pulling and rearing the sputtering hum in ways that force it to clumsily reshape itself—this sometimes creates fleeting oscillations that, depending on where you’re listening, can spar with blaring car alarms, intermittent bird chirps, or other auxiliary metronomes in bizarre rhythmic interplay. “klAxon” unfolds with much less variation, and it’s not so much a test of patience as it is a meditation: similar to the uncompromising dynamic stasis of wall noise, one gradually sees more parts of the same whole as it occupies a certain duration. Though I personally don’t have the option at the moment, I’d recommend playing this through a good speaker system if you can; deceptively simple releases like this one often reveal unexpected complexities when provided with a proper space.

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