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Anomalous Disturbances "Inside"
For his latest release as Anomalous Disturbances, "Inside", Terry O'Brien has added some additional musicians to the mix. Joined by brothers Chris and Wayne O'Brien, "Inside" finds Anomalous Disturbances expanding its sound and exploring new aural environments. Recorded sporadically between 2003 and 2008, "Inside" is a travelogue of new spaces and locations, all beautifully constructed and defined through a rich palette of sounds created by the trio.
"Inside I" begins with some sustained guitar drifting across the soundscape, very nicely ebow-ed to create a wide space for the listener to stretch out in. As the track progresses some subtle percussion begins, adding a feeling of ritual and mysticism to the proceedings.It's a really beautiful track that results, a dense and beautiful soundscape created with only a few very effective elements. Needless to say, it's a lovely way to start the disc.
"Inside II" has a melancholy feeling about it, a haunted guitar accompanying a lonely flute creating a grey and desolate space that conjures up some very vivid imagery. Light hand percussion is introduced into the mix, bringing an order and brightness to the track. Soon some light chimes can be heard, adding colour and warmth and shifting the mood to a completely new space. Cool stuff.
"Inside III" has a pulsing beat to it, a vaguely militaristic sound that's paired with some deep percussion and processed voices. Dark guitar notes weave through the proceedings and you can't help but get wrapped up in a feeling of tension, an unsettling vibe that permeates the track. It's a theatrical piece, something that would fit well in a movie, adding an extra darkness to the images.
"Inside IV" finds the listener in a completely different space, a new groove-based environment where percussion and pulse propel the track along through alien landscapes. It's a much brighter track than the three previous, but it maintains a certain minor key vibe that's in keeping with everything else on the disc. Melodic flourishes add colour to the track, and before you know it you're in a shifting kaleidoscope of sound.
"Inside V" brings it down a notch, returning to a darker and more tranquil sound using a limited sound palette of guitar and processed flute alongside some interesting atmospheric touches. It's a quiet and introspective piece, a nice space to explore.
"Inside VI" presents the listener with a distorted ringing amidst a strange vortex. Tones slide through the soundfield, irregular and without form, creating an ominous and rather unsettling space for listening. It's a dense space for the listener, and with every listen something new is revealed. Very nicely done.
"Inside VII" begins with a series of slow sweeping guitar pads playing across the soundfield, steady and strong tones that easily hold one's attention. As the track continues, sounds open up and widen, aided by the addition of some subtle atmospheric textures and tones, nothing too heavy to overwhelm the track, just enough to add to the mood.
The disc closes with "Inside VIII", a spiraling guitarline-driven tribal percussive processed vocal track that resonates with the listener long after the last note has faded. It has a particular drama, a particular theatrical quality that works really well, and it's a lovely way to end the disc.
Without doubt, "Inside" is an album that long-time fans of Anomalous Disturbances and relative newcomers alike will really enjoy. It celebrates the sound that has become associated with O'Brien's work, and builds on it creating a whole new feeling and vibe. I hope that future releases by Anomalous Disturbances will feature work from this trio, and I look forward to the musical journeys that lay ahead.
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last updated 3/24/12