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Insect Ark, Portal/Well (Autumnsongs Records)




Insect Ark, Portal/Well (Autumnsongs Records)
Cd Reviews: May 28, 2015

05/28/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Not feeling artistically enriched within full-band setups (including Angels of Light, which she helped launch along with Swans leader Michael Gira in the early 1990s), Bee and Flower’s Dana Schechter is content to run this one-woman sideline from her Brooklyn flat, affording her the flexibility to record at all hours of the day and night. She grew up as a metal chick in San Francisco, roots she embraced for this debut LP, which has been most commonly tagged as “experimental doom,” in this case a cross between a skronk-less Sunn(((O))), Pentagram and, you guessed it, Swans. Like yoga-class music from hell, Schechter’s bass rumbles beneath roiling wetworks made of organic and synthetic drums, heavy ringouts and faraway lead-guitar figures, creating murals evocative of Mount Doom lava flows and war wreckage. Strangely upbeat moments do occur spontaneously, however (the Pink Floyd-ish “Taalith”), so it wouldn’t be fair to write this off as downer din. I was able to relate to these thick, dark emulsions without feeling like a tourist. A- Eric W. Saegar






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