Genre: drone scene's Jandek?
The secret is out on faceless drone
stalwart Mark Bradley, that mysterious
drone scene prodigy who came out of nowhere in 2008 and
quickly amassed an enormous discography of entrancing ambient work.
This criminally brief collection of six works
follows a rather strange progression. Its first two tracks
whirl about brilliantly in an illuminated synthesizer haze,
employing flowery keyboard tones which evoke fleeting percepts of
eighties-era neon colours. But both end abruptly in mid-note, making
me wonder if there is something wrong with my copy. And then the
rest of the disc tempers the high-pitched synth licks in favour of
grittier, denser feedback drone. I can't complain, though I find the
transition a tad unusual. Nevertheless, whereas the disc's first
moments were utterly blissful, later tracks mine some downright
stupendous content: true to its title, “Ohm” is a positively
electric subterranean voyage which ebbs and flows magnificently,
whereas “Prism” is an epic haze riddled with atmospheric
intricacies. Eternal is an odd release, but Bradley's
considerable talent renders it stunning.
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