The NBT Review 109

  Severance – Vertical Blanking Interval (VBI) (Independent Release)

Perhaps this is the soundtrack for the landscape of the lost things that we enter here. Heavy regret for scenes never played out, words not spoken, archticture not constructed, except in the minds, the dreams, of those that wonder through these creations.

 Or this is fractured folk music, deceptively pastoral at times full of the kind of tension only city boys can thrive on, poetic chants layered dangerous upon mournful vibrations.

Where Accidents and years of thought, combine, hustle and play, humour sinks in dark grey and coats the bottom, and we listen to the bubbles float for the surface knowing that when they pop, up there in that clean air, it is the end for them.

So perhaps this is the sound of that journey, zoomed in upon,slowed down,exaggerated, illuminated.

Perhaps after all, this is just the place where Random flirts with Structure.

 Perhaps after all this is just the place where the Cold Hearted Cynic fucks with the Romantic who cannot die.

 I think this music is all these things, created by artists worlds apart then mixed moulded with energy and terror and then, ultimate calm.

It’s that different kind of strain that Pete Shelley was searching for, that elegant drift that Scott Walker dreamed all too quietly during one of his more pleasant nightmares.

The story though, does not forget to take in scientists and visionaries, history both pop cultural and ancient, and even asides on that thing called Love.

 Unlike a lot of experimental music these days, the words here are as important as the rhythms that embrace them.

 This album will be joining my collection of difficult music that is easy to love.

 But DO find out for yourselves

 Tracks from this album and other VBI releases will be played on the NBT Dark Electric Podcast this coming 31st January 2011, as well as the flagship cast and the 25 streaming NBTMusic radio show (details soon)





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