PBK ‎– Profusion

Realization Recordings ‎– RZC-007



A1, A2, B2, B3 previously unreleased

A1 & A3: 8-89
A2 & B1: 11-90
A4: 5-89
B2: 10-89
B3: 11-87
B4: 8-90

Remixed and assembled Sep. '91.

Includes outer j-card on textured paper and a cardstock inner j-card.


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June 2, 2012
The 'A' side opens with "Hanged Man", a swirling, edgeless massing of amorphous sounds, electronically enhanced & composed into a dense wall of noises & grey images. It rumbles & blisters in ever-changing soundscape. "Departure" is a montage of images - rolling noises, generator hums, drones, crackles & electronically-enhanced grizzles. "Bleeding Rain Remix" is another DOME-like factory sound, as of some huge workshop with it's breathy droning machines & distant battering metals. It portrays work, a sound gravid with hand-wrenched creation. Finally for this side comes "Appeal (Hybrid Remix)", another underground visit to a slow, droning factory, it's machines humming & tinkling the unmistakeable song of hard work & creativity. Engines drone, grey noises wash, all combine into Shop-Floor-Ambience.
On the second side, "Homage" opens play, this is a raw Industrial journey through pipe-filled undergrounds, continually accompanied by the distant warm drone of generators & the hum of heat-filled conduits. Away in the darker corners various junk noises wear disguises of grey & drab, twisted cousins of percussion. "Untitled" hums into life through some other, calmer subterranean cavern, a DOME-like mood / ambient thing which moves in & out of focus during it's short existance. Next comes an interesting little loop tape titled "Loop" - a series of voices & instruments which come across like a post-Concrete variation on the Minimalist-Neo-Classical sound - the kind of gradual microtinal thing which originally excited STEVE REICH into his early (and most valid) experiments. Okay, so people like factor X are doing this sort of thing, and doing it well, but PBK create a particularly good example of what might be described as 'multi-track-loop' - degrees of THE HAFLER TRIO but taken several steps further. Finally on this side comes "Receiver", again using what is apparently a muted subterranean ambience of machinery & pipework, prole-drone territory fallen into unhealthy disrepair, it's atmosphere asphyxiating, it's light almost lacking any albedo, it's corners hiding things which shy away from light & shun (or stalk) humanity.

A nice, fascinating, often relaxing album which avoids 'music but is filled with grey, rough-textured shape. Full of detail, always a pleasure to listen to, this is a damn good example of grey machine soundtrack which could stand up in quality on CD.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.