Drowner/Sterile Garden – Split CDR

24 October 2010 xdementia No Comment

Drowner/Sterile Garden – Split CDR

Basement Tapes

Here’s a short CDR split that makes sense. I’m not previously familiar with either of these artists but they each present 3 tracks of lo-fi ambient noise.

There are more characteristics they have in common than not. Most of the noise has a drone core to the tracks with sputtering distorted layers adding to the textures. Squealing feedback harmonies join the mix. Generally Drowner’s material seems a bit noisier and Sterile Garden tends more toward the side of subtlety.

I find the aptly titled Sterile Garden tracks Live Murk and Live Murk 2 to be appropriate. It’s muddy lo-fi go-nowhere noise that comes off as rather thin. That said, I don’t hate this disc as much as I should. Nothing really jumps out as being especially unique or effective about the disc, but it’s consistent and hypnotic in all it’s lo-fi glory.

Composition: ★★★☆☆
Sounds: ★★½☆☆
Production Quality: ★★½☆☆
Concept: ★★★☆☆
Packaging: ★★☆☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

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