Another month, another record featuring Loren Chasse, Jewelled
Antler mainstay and possibly the most prolific musician alive.
Mud Wall is his third collaboration with Jim Haynes (sound artist
and Wire contributor), and like last year's The Glass Sponge,
is utterly captivating. The dominant textures are droning emanations
from deeply resonant scraped metals, layered and treated to
the point where the music resemble the slow inhalation and exhalation
of the entire ecosystem. It's darker and more forbidding than
their previous work, which was more suggestive of the prehistoric
ocean depths implied by the duo's name. Here, it's as if the
vibrations and resonances from heavy industry are being captured
by contact mics at the Earth's core.