Thursday, December 01, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.49: Remember Remember - The Quickening

From the like pulses rubbing up against each other at outset to the Mobius strip of keyboard patterns and sliding, vaulting guitars, The Quickening is not an easy listen. Like bringing Steve Reich to the Scottish post-rock party, it's mostly concerned with adding layers of maze-like interlocking instrumentation and circuit board noise onto some relatively basic repeated parts. What results is something that lets cracks of light shine through onto a brooding presence without needing to add a word. Music boxes tinkle unwelcomingly, florid strings elongate the creeping dread and even when the rhythmic thrust picks up and makes like it's enjoying itself there's a very apparent undercurrent of small-g gothic.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Is this positive or negative? I don't know