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Anemone Lodge

Self-titled CDR

Bezoar Formations

Genre: drone, experimental

San Francisco / Chicago

Jan 15, 2009

Anemone Lodge documents a collaboration between Number None, The Opera Glove Sinks in the Sea, and Radiant Husk, all members of the experimental soundscape underground (for lack of a better term). Before we consider the music, however, props must go out to the Bezoar Formations label for their tremendous job on the packaging front - each copy comes hand-stamped with a really intriguing, Zelda-esque design, and the insert is a work of art as well.

As for the music, you can expect dark, empty warehouse drone - the type of stuff that might augment a horror movie. "Aunt Beast" is positively chilling - a dense, vaguely glistening wall of sound with some naval groaning providing additional chills. "Now It Still Murmurs Ripples," meanwhile, is heavier on the bass - it evokes notions of a the submarine plummeting deep into the ocean. On the other hand, "I Often Dream I am Drowning," is hollow and glassy, while "Nerve Sparks in His Glass Feet" sounds like it was recorded at a windy outpost in the Arctic. Absorbed all at once, Anemone Lodge's effort is a powerful work of sound, the sort of drone that has the ability to completely take over a room. Consult these folks for an altogether dark and expansive experience.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2008]