Opening with a remix from Rune Grammofons lord of dark-ambient Deathprod
is one way of making an impressive entry. It is a strategy that certainly
works for Italian group Larsen, who throughout this ep explore a much
more drone based sound than on previous works. Utilising the virtuoso
cello talents of Antony and the Johnsons Julia Kent, this record
takes on an almost Godspeed-like resonance, throwing down swathes of dense
noise and minimal percussion into both of the unmixed tracks. Every moment
on this generous 20 minute ep is worthwhile, from Deathprods smudged
bass heavy mix through to the final piece, an epic eastern flavoured remix
from Origami Galactica, an act making waves on the avant garde scene recently.
This is an essential release for any fans of the darker side of post rock
or the more organic side of drone and an exciting taster of Larsens
forthcoming album due in early 2006.