Educational Resources ‎– No

Cassette, Album


A1 No
A2 Lizard Blew Beautifully
A3 Mine
B1 Geomagnetic Service
B2 In The Cathedral


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June 24, 2012
The title track "No" opens play with sustaining notes & half-hidden spoken child's voice, joined by tape manipulation & various FX. A church organ loop lies beneath the thin, almost percussive scatterings of audio detritus which fall, confetti-like over the foundation. "Lizard Blew Beautifully" takes spoken word as a leaping-off point again, joined by other loops - one vocal, another familiar from previous ER works is a piano which has a reflective, gentle sound. A voice snatch, speaking apparently in tongues, runs alongside this for a while, later being replaced by other voices & various subtle environmental noises. It's a long, pacifying track, which, despite it's oddness, is very enjoyable in a sort of ambient way. "Mine" uses multiple layers of found images, many fed through echoes & effects, all forged into a weird, surreal soundscape of scrazed noises & half-hidden normality. Another, uncredited track builds layers of noise over one another while minute percussion, more sensed than heard, patters away in the background with a kind of ambient clockwork logic. This dissolves to howling chunks of sound which drift like behemoth clouds, grey & sombre, low above the ground.
The second side starts with "Geomagnetic Service", again echoing through snatches of spoken voice while amorphous mood sounds drift in & out of one another - the chimes, violin-like drones & other such sounds, all combining in such a way as to be seemingly rhythmically composed. A strange and mysterious soundtrack. The next piece is entitled "In The Cathedral", using fragments of none-too-easily-identified sounds to create an echoing Industrial moodscape which howls like ghost winds down deserted alleyways on distant planets. The remaining track's untitled, another 'altered ambience' thing which echoes snatches of human-filled environment, making another grinding snarl of sounds. A tuned percussive motif, somewhere between marimba & chimes, appears within it briefly before settling back into the altered atmosphere, alive with human voice, yet clearly without tongue. The tune grows gradually, itself echoed by FX, building into a primitive piece of incidental music.

I guess ER dwell somewhere in that enormous void which hitherto HAFLER TRIO have bravely tried to fill by themselves. Their material is theraw sound of everyday life, their tools electronic technology. One can only guess at their aim - to reveal the hidden secrets in everyday life? To twist that which already exists into something new & fresh? No matter, ER will continut to sculpt their sound from that which most of us ignore or discard.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.