The "drone" tag is rarely this
self-descriptive, but on The Sweetest Meat Britain'sAndrew Perry and Adam Baker (Dead Wood, also
runs Dirty Demos) hypnotically drift their way through three utterly
miasmal meditations. Opener "The Presentation" starts off shimmering
and pretty but bends towards the macabre once the devilish axe
rumble kicks in, sort of like a more meandering Birchville Cat
Motel recording. Pretty riveting subject matter for the drone
genre, I'd say. "The Shove," meanwhile, brings in a healthy chunk of
evolving noise, but it is the "The Opening," which meshes dark,
field recording ambience with the majestic droning of an electronic
tampura, that truly marks this record's finest moment. The track's
distant sonic rubble somehow melds perfectly with the traditional
Eastern sound; turns out India invented and perfected "drone" music
centuries before us miserable Westerners
started screwing around with reverb knobs. No wonder "The Opening"
is a cut above.