2CD HMS 005
Recorded iin 2001/2002 and salvaged from total obscurity by the enigmatic
Helen Scarsdale Agency, this double album from Clinton Williams, aka
Omit is available only in limited edition, hand-printed editions.
This adds to the sense that this is a very personal document. Listening
to Tracer feels at times like eavesdropping on one man's
private experiments. Recorded using old analogue equipment, there
is more than a touch of the obsessive about "Sequester,"
the 25-minute long opening track which sets the scene with a series
of clicks, cuts, and glitches in the system. Throughout, the growing
sense of melancholic futility is heightened by the menacing automated
voice response system of an after-hours bank phoneline. This paranoia-inducing
materia is returned to throughout the album and communicates a deep
sense of unease about the systems that rule the modern world. Exactly
what Williams is saying in this album is not entirely clear. Expect
a beautiful journey rather than any obvious answers. - Stuart Aitken