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CAUL  Kairos  CDR + CHAPBOOK   (Aglaia)   22.00
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The latest release from Caul is admittedly pretty expensive, but it's more than just a cd, too. Caul assembled this gorgeous photo book/disc set and issued it through Caulís own label Aglaia in what is presumably an extremely limited printing, and it's visually very striking. The 7" x 7" booklet features seventeen full color photographs of haunting abstract images, printed on high quality paper and bound with a full color glossy cover, with the disc enclosed in a plastic sleeve that's attached to the inside back cover. Sound wise, this is really different from the other recordings that I've heard from Caul. The eight tracks on Kairos maintain the deep, drifting dark ambience of the other releases, but now dark industrial dub has been introduced, taking this into pure Scorn territory. Hypnotic minimal breakbeats skitter beneath vast expanses of eerie ambient drone, the rhythms pulsating within slowly swirling fogbanks of guitar feedback and shimmering low-end thrum. I can hear some echoes of Troum in here, too; the parts of this disc where the slow, druggy beats disappear and the sound extends into long stretches of keening feedback and deep distorted drone, there's a clear resemblance to the sort of gothic post-industrial ambient that the German duo helped to pioneer. Deep immersive ambient dub with massive basslines, deep distorted horns and cello-like sounds, the sound sometimes getting vaguely jazzy with the bass, and especially with the parts where the saxophone enters and the rhythms begin to get a little more skittery. As the album goes on, vast washes of celestial synthesizer ambience spread overhead, and massive low-slung beats merge with haunting vibraphone melodies, screaming free-jazz trumpets begin howling, horns become smeared in shadow, and the atmosphere begins to get somewhat apocalyptic, definitely VERY dark, by the end of the album sounding like a dystopian jazzy dub, a mutant hybrid of Bohren And Der Club Of Gore and Scorn. It's a stunning album, somewhat similar in feel to that recent [Other] Dub disc from Lustmord, and Mick Harris fans definitely need to hear this.


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