Coelacanth pulse further into the abstract. The duo of Loren
Chasse and Jim Haynes, their second disc The Glass Sponge
uses sound as allegory for the object in question. Documents
of various performances 2001 and 2002 are chewed through manipulations
and banks of effects to resemble a slurried fog of haze, rendering
sources delirious: a vision of the seabed caught through night
fog, punctured by abject scratchings.
Chasse's fondness for field recordings rears its head throughout
the recording, most significantly in "The Hexactinellidae,"
where a bank of cicadas and insects are wrought in spatial
disarray, multiplying in volume and panning across the stereo
spectrum. If Coelacanth's intent was to abstractly invoke
the glass sponge of the title, then full marks: their compositions
are exquisitely rendered and shot through with electricity.