- Audio CD (19 Nov. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Blackest Ever Black
- ASIN: B009S4QRV0
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,008 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
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Quarter Turns Over A Living Line is the long awaited debut album by Raime. It follows the duo's self-titled 2010 EP and two subsequent 12" singles, 'If Anywhere Was Here We Would Know Where We Are' and 'Hennail'. Moving away from the sample-based strategies that characterised their early work, Joe Andrews and Tom Halstead have looked increasingly to live instrumentation for their first full-length work, mounting intensive recording sessions for percussion, guitar and strings before painstakingly piecing the album together at their home studio. The gothic and industrial signifiers in their music remain, but more submerged and oblique than ever - no less pronounced as influences than jungle's rhythmic dynamism and doom metal's oppressive weight or aspects of techno, modern composition and dub. Quarter Turns Over A Living Line is the first original artist LP on Blackest Ever Black, the young London-based label that has to date released records by Tropic Of Cancer, Regis, Black Rain, Pete Swanson, Cut Hands and others.
Top Customer Reviews
`The Last Foundry' is a reworking of an old Raime track called `This Foundry', and its a good example of the subtle developments Raime have made in their music by using more live instrumentation. The sound is stripped to the bone, industrial sounds are set on the outer reaches, slow bursts of doomed noise and bass anger the mood which is already fraught and disturbed. `The Last Foundry' and `The Walker In Blast And Bottle' are the only tracks where the tempo increases from a primal crawl.
`Quarter Turns Over A Living Line' is defined by the exhilarating malevolence of the penultimate track `Your Cast Will Tire', where sluggish scraping industrial textures and scolding bowed guitar strings collide, forging the darkest possible matter. `The Dimming Of Road And Rights' is a fitting end to an absorbing but uncomfortable album.
Theres been such a wealth of great albums in the last few years by many bands which encompass the same funereal combinations of metal, industrial, techno, ambient and drone. 'Quarter Turns Over a Living Line' just misses the mark, it doesn't enhance this particular musical line any further.
If you have not heard anything from the album it might help to understand what it is most similar to. In my opinion this would be Demdike Stare, Roly Porter, Anduin, Vatican Shadow and maybe Emptyset, Anyway, it's slow, driving and very moody.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a present for someone, it arrived in plenty of time, was well packaged and the recipient was very pleased with his present.Published on 11 Feb. 2013 by Miss K S Watkins
I took a gamble and purchased this based on the reviews...the gamble did not pay off! If you could 'hear' constipation; then this renders it extremely well. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2013 by Tony Anderson