Mud Wall
CD HMS 003

The Wire Issue 247
September 2004
reviewed by Keith Moline

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 adn resonances from heavy industry are being captured by contact mics at the Earth’s core.