DESCRIBING PARANOIA (Parasomnic)
~reviewed by Mick Mercer
All four ‘artists’ are individuals, and as they are clearly composers why on Earth have they all chosen names, rather than using their own, thereby building up a strong individual identity? Are they hiding? Perhaps they’re paranoid.
Anaphylaxis is actually one Jason Coffman, who handles ‘plunderphonics’, apparently, but to me is creating humming faux evil soundtracks. They develop in a linaer fashion, and are merely weirdness in the background. Hollydrift (aka Mathias Anderson) gives us ‘uneasy listening’ that veers between radio interference, drunken Gregorian sighing and muttered shadows. Kava Project, normally known as Jobe, creates groaning dross of the lowest order, and only The Devouring Element (or Geoff Dargan), manages to create a definite dream world where the ideas have a sense of being, The last track is pointless white noise, but at least his first two seem to simmer with potential.
Overall though, it’s shite.