| Coelacanth The Chronograph
Outer Limits by Will Montgomery
#212, October 2001
This is the first release from California's Coelacanth, who
comprise lower case composer Loren Chasse and The Wire's own
Jim Haynes (who can be found hosting this very page). "I
rust things," says Haynes, of his activities outside
of the outer limits. That's an apt enough description of the
mouldering, unstable music on The Chronograph. The
pieces are edited improvisations -- treatments of private
and public performances built around layered loops. Chasse
and Haynes create a thick, murky soup, dense with activity.
Drones undergrid the action, though the duo exhibit a preference
for soft amorphous interventions coating them. The most atmospheric
piece is the alluringly titled "How Bodies Become Phosphorescent,"
where tense puttering sounds and an exhausted whine serve
to produce feelings of great tension. Thoroughly distressed,
the album lives as a fragile concretisation of decay.