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Rapoon — The Fires of the Borderlands
(Release RR 6978-2, 1998, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1998-07-01

The Fires of the Borderlands Cover art

Take a simple repeating ascending pattern of three notes and run it through a dense whirlwind of heavy processing, changing patterns and directions from time to time, and one might get a rough idea of what the opening track “Hollow Flight” is doing. The processing is so complete that the instrument responsible for creating the original tone is no longer recognizable, it just fades from note to note in a paralyzed gelatinous haze. Rapoon is the project of Englishman Robin Storey, music that is as captivating and ambient as it is industrial and inescapable. This is music that the listener can drift with or be consumed by — or both. Voices crop up occasionally within the organic strands of sound, everything tied together in a thick and foreboding pea-soup fog. There is no rhythm, no meter, no chords or notes or rests; in fact there are no precise elements of any kind, everything just floats freely in the ether. The key to enjoying this is not to focus on cerebral elements like musicianship or how the sound was produced, but instead to accept the sound for what it is and let your subconscious follow it. Taken at that level, The Fires of the Borderlands is a powerful experience not to be missed.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 15, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Rapoon

More info
http://rapoon.bandcamp.com/album/the-fires-of-the-borderlands

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