Since I’m a self-professed Decimus fan I get the special treat of reviewing both of his Kelippah label’s offerings today. First was the confrontational creepscapes of his collab LP with Tom Carter, and now I’ve got this one by Les Conversions, which is either a supergroup or a stripped down version of NNCK depending on how you look at it. Either way it’s an impressive trio of No-Neckers Pat Murano (Decimus himself), Dave Shuford (D Charles Speer, Rhyton) and Jason Meagher (Coach Fingers, Black Dirt Studio). Cool, huh?
Anyway, on this LP we’ve got two lengthy electronic free-ambient improvisations where it’s very hard to tell who is contributing what. There’s lots of buzzing, twitching, noir drones and swelling, flickering details, much more restrained than the Murano/Carter collab and making me wish I hadn’t already used up my Deathprod comparison on that one. Obviously other useful comparisons would be with NNCK and Decimus’s other work, or maybe like Konntinent jamming with Supersilent in a haunted house or abandoned mental asylum or something? This is smooth and dark and totally sucks you into its silky black void, but it’s not noisy and oppressive so much as flickering and spooky, it doesn’t so much take you somewhere scary as go there with you.
Ltd 300 copies - Les Conversions are Jason Meagher, Pat Murano and Dave Shuford
Recorded at Black Dirt Studio August 2012
Jackets silkscreened by Bright Spot