Recorded in South Korea and Poland in 2012. Released on Constellation Tatsu in October 2012.
Constellation Tatsu has had a busy year; but among a number of interesting works, this split C30 cassette by Pleq (Bartosz Dziadosz) and Quinn Walker stands out.
Starting off with a somewhat standard drone on ‘Inner Structure’, the album quickly gains a hazy patina, with static and surface noises gaining the foreground over slowly evolving harmonies. ‘Continuum’, again starting with straight-forward chord structure, begins to unsettle itself as contrasting harmonic elements vie for control towards the end of the piece. Minor tape effects add to a slightly woozy ending. This palette is extended in ‘Shoreline Drones’, giving the listener the idea of melody, but never stating it clearly enough to sound strictly pleasing – definitely the highlight of the 30 minute EP/album.
‘Unearthing The Past”s soft bitrot, which would normally be a bit gut-wrenching, at that volume and in that context becomes almost pretty. The album closes where it started, with a somewhat generic, if palatable, ambiance.
While parallels can be drawn to drone-heavyweights like Tim Hecker or Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (who also has a recent release on Constellation Tatsu), those two tend to blunt their traditional aesthetics through over-compression and moderate distortion. Pleq and Quinn Walker instead balance their melodies with conflicting chords, pitch modulations and unrelated pink noise – turning what would otherwise be monolithic songs into multi-faceted pieces.
While I try to keep my drone collection finely tuned (if I kept everything that was simply nice, I wouldn’t have room left on my laptop, or in my house, for anything else), this split is worth keeping. -by vehscle (Cut and Run)
"I just reviewed Constellation Tatsu’s current batch of tapes, but I still have a ton of older releases stretching back to last fall that I keep meaning to post about, because they’re incredible too. This one is credited as a split, but it doesn’t seem as if each artist has created tracks independently of each other, it looks like more of a collaboration. The 5 tracks on this tape have waves of static and storm sounds, lots of wind and rain, and some heartbreaking drones. Kind of feels like standing out in the freezing, pouring rain and wind, but somehow in a romantic way. Frigid and blustery, but still with plenty of life to it. “Continuum” ends with some gliding MBV-like bent waves, except it sounds more like an organ than guitar, or most likely both combined. “Unearthing The Past” has a bit of a pulse and even a sort of bassline, and sheets of guitar feedback. “Darkness Shall Cover The Earth” couldn’t possibly end up on a bright note, and so it ends up smothering everything in static until there’s nothing left to smother." - The Answer is in the Beat