Review by Brayden Bagnall
Genre/s: Noise, Ambient, Industrial
For Fans Of: (the toned down, ambient) Merzbow, Bastard Noise, Tim Hecker, Ben Frost
Karass (not to be confused with Karras - the faithless slime) is a multi-genre project out Seattle, Washington. Over various releases, they've covered everything from IDM to minimal synth to Throbbing Gristle-esque industrial. On How To Make Love To A Machine however, they cover more ambient, noise oriented territory.
Over 5 tracks, Karass establish cold, clinical soundscapes centred around the concept of technological fetishisation. The drones, phases and time stretches invoke this feeling of utter isolation - it feels kind of like you're the only person on board a spaceship, drifting through deep space. While it may be ambient, it is unsettling, distant and totally apathetic; something that could very well be the soundtrack to a sci-fi horror flick.
Head on over to the Karass bandcamp page, where you'll find this and quite a few other nifty releases for free.
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