Certain Beyond All Reasonable Doubt ‎– Live Berlin 98

Manifold Records ‎– mancd28
CD, Album


1 Live Berlin 69:30

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Recorded live on 29/5/1998 at Atelier 4r. Berlin.
Excerpt taken from 45 minutes into a 2 hour performance.

Thanks to Ronny, Marc, Margita & Stephan.

© & ℗ : M. Harris & A. Child 1998.
Published and distributed 1998 by Manifold Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: 3187-1-1 ALLIED DT ✳MAN-CD-28✳
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L451
  • Mould SID Code: ifpi 7704



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May 17, 2012
A collaboration between SURGEON and SCORN? Hey, it's not beyond imagining. Here MICK HARRIS is closer to his LULL project than to any of his more formed, structured works. What you have here is a dark passage through drifting soundscapes with slow, decrepit rhythmic events. It reminds me of early GILBERT & LEWIS projects, but darker, so much darker, a simplified glance at what TG were but taken much further. And where LULL worked as a dark, LYNCH-influenced ambience with little recognizable 'beat', the addition of a muted-down slow flat drum sound takes it even further. Delay helps build towards noisier points where hints of 'Dub' enter, but this is way beyond that. Not much happens here, and what does happens slowly - but, hey, we're in no rush - this is deep listening music - a gut-level exploration which is overall more relaxing than challenging, although I can't imagine coming across this in some New Age shop - their pastel-shaded speakers would never take the subterranean depth of this sound.
A superior driftwork which I guess fits into the realms of ISOLATIONISM, but the ambience, as dark and decayed as it may be, is actually warmer and more lulling than most. Often so subtle that you focus on unheard phrases after hearing it ten times or more.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.