ulaan khol II (CD, £11.95)label: Soft Abuse
All heavy with warmth & mystery, Ulaan Khol returns with another round of vertical incantations aimed at the heavens. As Ulaan Khol, STEVEN R. SMITH (Hala Strana, Thuja, Mirza) creates dense tapestries that revel in the eternal & infinite. The bursts of tones & grip on formal structures can compare to the best of Hototogisu or Handful of Dust, though filtered through an ample dose of Ash Ra Tempel. Supreme while discreet, these songs carry a sense of unnerving calm & optimistic gloom, often within a single composition. Swaths of heavy feedback cascade against sinister organ workouts & varied percussion that's at times pounding & at others distant.
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