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5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly devastating, 26 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Codename: Dustsucker (Audio CD)
yes, well what can I say that hasn't already been mentioned...

I do believe Graham Sutton's come back with a different sound, if it is just an evolution of that which he already possessed. The music is in equal parts romantic and blooming, detached and snarling. It evokes reanimation after disaster, a kind of shedding of the layers of dust and grime that accumulate with mechanical procedure only to eventually fail and become overthrown by the natural cycle of the planet. There is hope, wistfulness, quietitude, industry and terror and jazz.

The first two tracks, hell the entire album is without doubt a masterstroke of engineering and songwriting. This should be like a template for bands wanting to try that avant-rock sound. It fits in right nice with Gastr Del Sol's Camofleur or Radiohead's Kid A or... Mark Hollis' Mark Hollis. I see someone's put down shoegaze as a tag. It's not shoegaze at all. There are some crazy creepy effects, a lot of acid on one of the tracks and some mental sitar work on the last track very similar to Pendulum Man - what a track! - but on the whole just like before, Bark Psychosis has and ever will be uncatagerizable. Is that even a word? Simon Reynolds apparently coined the term Post-Rock after hearing Bark Psychosis. I hate that term. It defines nothing, for rock is too wide a spectrum to pigeonhole all bands not rock or alt-rock into.

Codename: Dustsucker is walled by Graham's deep rumbling asthamtic phrasing, light, indifferent guitar lines and misty, opaque background electronics. There is the most beautiful bass something or other on one of the tracks which sounds like a string has broken and it's all so perfect. No wonder Graham is chosen to produce so many records. If only he'd provide as much output under his own band name.
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