Jim Haynes: The Wires Cracked LP (Editions Mego, 2013)

April 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Jim Haynes: The Wires Cracked

Jim Haynes: The Wires Cracked

Rusty, crackly noise-drone, created from sounds of wires, metal screens, wind, air compression, and ways and means that escape even the album’s composer. Wheezing, crushing, slurping, vaporizing sounds, with lots of neatly compressed edits. It’s “drone”, but it’s not averse to snapping you out of it with a sudden addition of some ticking, clacking sound or a shift out of distortion and into something else. Lots of detailed stereo separation, also. I feel like there’s more variation on the first side than the second, but that’s arguable. “Oscar” starts the album out with 5 minutes of neatly arranged static and crackle with a tight glitch-off ending. “X-Ray” starts with controlled hissing noise, features frequent sputtering sounds, and ends with some distant, decaying machine beeps, and finally cold, frozen stillness. “November” (the second side) starts chattery and a bit noisy, gets calmer, subtly twists around, and ends eerie and hissy.

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