The Lens Cleaner Trio ‎– C.D. + Lens Cleaner

The Ceiling ‎– CEIL023
Vinyl, LP



LP in die-cut sleeve with insert and translucent paper cover.

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May 13, 2012
It'd be interesting to know how LENS CLEANER TRIO pigeonhole themselves - do they see themselves as Jazz Progressives who have left the more traditional trappings of that music way behind and settled instead for clashing guitar, whining noise and Dubby drum treatments? Or do they see themselves as Neo-Classical Abstractionists, building gargantuan monsters out of overdriven guitar and reverberated noise? Or are they post-Industrial sound artists who wish to weave an intriguing and often cacophonous web around the listener? If you can run the album to ground, you could find out for yourself. From clusters of busy noise, through long phrases of harsh, edgy ambient noise, to nerve-grating outbursts, this group go out of their way to make things uncomfortable for the casual listener.

While the majority of the first side is structured and mostly rhythmic, the flip side tends overall more towards shapeless drones and drifts, with only the final two tracks adding their mutant structures of rhythm to the mix, and these only briefly.

Subtle it ain't - their mixes are straffed with old school fx which give the overall picture a cold, dehumanized feel - where off-white noise touches the hem of metal, long delays and busy reverbs transmute the result into an icy miasma. They fear not to suddenly wreck what they were doing and speed the mix up to hyperdrive.

If the LENS CLEANER TRIO ever make a bid for International Stardom, they won't be doing it with an album like this. Complex, Surreal and alienating music which deems to use a driving, almost tribal rhythm over which to build their Metropolis of greys, colour-washed whites and textures as rough as granite and as smooth as a mortuary slab.

Originally reviewed for Metamorphic Journeyman