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Onmutu Mechanicks

Nocturne

(Echochord; US: 14 Sep 2010; UK: 20 Sep 2010)

Nocturne is a murky Drexciya album by Onmutu Mechanicks gone dub and minimal, and without the thrashing TR-808. There are thus a few key elements you must appreciate before listening: delay, reverb, bass, constant knocking sounds. Better have a decent sub-woofer too. This 80-minute work plods without much sense of direction at first, only recovering its true north four tracks in, with the extra-spacey “Neutrino”. By the time you reach track seven, “Across The Styx”, you’ll feel prepared for its eleven-minute slow-built burning ambience, a fiery submersible sinking. It’s all a good listen, but you’ve got to want it.

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Jason Cook is a writer from Cleveland, Ohio. After a slew of existential crises, he adventured throughout New England and became a Master of Fine Arts in fiction. He's now reviewing music for PopMatters, The Quietus, and Resident Advisor, and writing/editing Call of Cthulhu books for Chaosium.


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