Thursday 8 January 2015

Material Sequence - Residual Grid

'Residual Grid'
Material Sequence

Review by Brayden Bagnall

Genre/s: Industrial, Synth, Noise, Industrial Techno
For Fans Of: Shapednoise, Tollund Men, Croatian Amor, Esplendor Geometrico, Vatican Shadow

Material Sequence is a side project of the two guys behind mysterio-dude-dark-wave band Tollund Men. Much like their main project, Material Sequence features a deliciously lo-fi and blown out recording quality, albeit channeled into a much more cold and mechanical sounding beast.
Comparable to minimalist electronic acts as Muslimgauze or Vatican Shadow, Material Sequence presents their repetitious and severe compositions with much more distortion and way less fidelity, retaining the 'dance' factor while pushing it well and truly into noise and industrial territory. The six tracks on Residual Grid are almost like the result of a fling between an 80s power electronics artist and the owner of a Berlin nightclub - fusing washed out, fuzzy drones with stark drum machine percussion and dark, melancholic synth lines. In short it's moody electronic music that despite its cold, unaffected nature manages to sound organic.
Highly recommended.

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