Friday, January 9, 2015

Chris Brokaw : The Periscope Twins


Hissing and spluttering envelop the opening to Chris Brokaw’s ‘The Periscope Twins’ (12XU).  This latest LP from Brokaw is comprised of two 40-45 minute solo pieces mastered by Bob Weston, the first is noise and lead in track ‘The Periscope Kids Are Out on The Skids, My Love (Part 1 & 2)’ reveals the effect recent explorations of abstract forms with Stephen O’Malley (Sunn O))) ), David Michael Curry (the Willard Grant Conspiracy) and Alex Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) have had on his approach to industrial experimentalism.   The spine of Side A is a choked exhaust - trapping one as it veers on then off track alongside manipulated scarce and wild signals.  As this first piece nebulously spins out it becomes entirely mesmeric resolving itself by pulling back into focus with propelled spits and spurts.  Flipping over, Side B involves meditative electric guitar wanderings on ‘Skating Under Glass, Living Like A King’ and ‘Do You Really Want to Know What That Means?  Do You Really Want to Know What That Means’.  Balmy plucks and strums breeze across pale chirps in stark contrast to what was on the reverse of the record.  ‘The Periscope Twins’ rounds off just as immersive as it started swapping agitated noise for sublime trances of reflective guitar work.  The whole album was done in one take with no overdubs and the instinctive approach to the songs really show that.  Employing a sense of being hypnotized and absorbed by the songs in polar opposite ways makes ‘The Periscope Twins’ two sides of the same coin.  Clocking up 15 albums now Brokaw continues to push further, go deeper and totally thrill.

Hear some of the record and buy HERE

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