John DuncanRiver In Flames - Klaar

John Duncan - River In Flames - Klaar album cover
Label:Staalplaat – STCD 033
2 x CD, Compilation
Style:Drone, Experimental, Field Recording, Minimal, Noise


River In Flames(41:48)
1-1aRiver In Flames: Catalyst
Co-producer [Composed With], PerformerÖrjan Henriksson
1-1bRiver In Flames: Zone
1-1cRiver In Flames: Codex
Co-producer, PerformerZbigniew Karkowski
1-1dRiver In Flames: Crosstalk
Co-producer [Composed With], PerformerA.M. McKenzie*
1-1eRiver In Flames: 5 In Gold
Composed ByZbigniew Karkowski
2-1Klaar: Delta
Co-producer [Field Recordings]A.M. McKenzie*
2-2Klaar: Klaar14:59
2-3Klaar: The Immense Room
Co-producer [Field Recordings]A.M. McKenzie*
2-4Klaar: Mass2:59

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Packaged in a clear-tray double jewel case with a photo-illustrated 32-page booklet that includes credits, release information, and text.

Cover graphic from booklet embossed into tray card.

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
River In Flames - Klaar (10×File, FLAC, Compilation)StaalplaatnoneNetherlands2020
River In Flames / Klaar (5×File, FLAC, Compilation)Not On Label (John Duncan Self-released)noneItaly2020



  • bonnicon's avatar
    This album opens with "Catalyst" - a noisy, ripping white sound like dimensions torn and brutalized. soon settling down to an infinite machine echo which ends with a brief burst of white noise before continuing at a more passive pace, the sound itself suddenly complicating into something chirruping and trilling, like several off-station Short Wave radios playing together. This fades to a muted twin which eventually dies away. "Zone, Codex" opens with an interesting stereo sequence of dull fuzzed synth, over which feedback-like sounds add strangely tuneful and instrument-like noise. When this fades away, something akin to flanged ampnoise (presumably the track "Crosstalk") takes over, cycling around slowly while what sound like loose leads crackle through slight echo. "5 In Gold" drags in sluggishly, as if in true pain or great reluctance. This gives way to an even more fragmentary piece - slow drum-like synth over which slight dull short cracks. or the crumps of distant heavy gunfire are heard over the top, An almost rhythmic hum joins in behind the 'rhythm'. "River In Flames" begins with chopped church bells and grated taped voice, along with watery synth sounds, before drowning in what sounds like Eastern Short Wave Radio transmissions. The next piece hums into the speakers from a great distance, as warm and dusty as an heavy old valve radio, straining to do the job for which it was created. The final piece has human voice - bassy and veiled, decidedly strange and sinister, knit between unholy pleasure and unimaginable pain.
    A strange and abstract album, never quite touching the outermost umbra of music, while not becoming pure noise. There's composition there, but I feel it has an overall DADA 'stuff-you' feel to it, which doesn't make it a bad thing.

    The 'freebie' in this is a little booklet with various Industrial prose and three full colour pictures, one decidedly pornographic, one elemental and one Industrial.

    Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.


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