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Oliver Ho debuts his brute, industrial & psychedelic drone project Slow White Fall for Downwards with half an hour of visceral synth and guitar distortion driven by slavish drums highly recommended if yr into works by Tony Conrad, Swans, Bourbonese Qualk, Throbbing Gristle... The ‘Total’ EP is a bitter extension of Ho’s increasingly noisy forays into industrial musick found in his Broken English Club and Zov Zov outings of recent years. Gnashing right at the biting point, the five tracks here are soused in distortion to degrees recalling The VU, Swans, and Bourbonese Qualk, bringing Ho as far as he’s travelled from techno proper and closest to his formative industrial influences. He fully commits to this sound with opener ‘A Blinding Light’, toiling booming drums and slavish hi-hats with electric blue raga drones in a way that resonates with everything from Tony Conrad to Clay Rendering, before ‘Releasing Together’ locks into a tantric vortex sounding like a duel between Throbbing Gristle and John Carpenter. ’Slate’ then returns to the amp worship with sanctifying slow riff distortion worthy of Dylan Carlson, while Ho’s plaintive vocals interject the sludgy crawl of ‘Our Eyes’, and ‘Vein’ sounds like he’s repeatedly stabbing a live 1/4” jack into industrial rock’s beached and bloated corpus, releasing noxious gasses that build into a tarry fug of guitar distortion. This is Ho at his most stare-down intense and timelessly, narcotically effective...
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