Unlikely collaboration delivers an early Christmas present
This year has been the year of bass. Despite what the pap chart tells you, Kevin Martin is ALL about the bass. He doesn’t just use it in a conventional way, oh no, Martin uses it to add texture and tone. On this year’s Angels & Devils album he displayed this deftly.
Martin isn’t one to rest on his laurels, four months after its release, and two after his last EP, he’s back to end the year on an even greater high, with possibly the collaboration of the year. On Boa/Cold Martin has teamed up with Dylan Carlson, AKA Earth. Over the last two decades Carlson has produced Drone, Ambient Metal, Noise and Doom Metal of the highest quality. The two had originally hooked up so Carlson could appear on Angels & Devils, but due to the quality of their work, they decided to expand the idea to a standalone releases, and we’re all the better for it!
Boa/Cold is 12 minutes of guttural bass and distorted beats, combined with beautiful guitar work and exquisite feedback. Boa opens with claustrophobic misty noise, while a guitar pierces through it. Carlson’s playing is repetitive and precise. This is Drone at its best! Then Martin joins in and throws down a slab of beat, that not only compliments the guitar work, but gives it something to interact with. Cold starts very ambient, and continues in the vein for most of the song. Its effectiveness comes from its simplicity. Carlson, us his MO states, only plays a few notes/riffs, while Martin builds the tension and drama around it.
Boa/Cold rounds off a very successful year for both Martin and Carlson. Both released albums this year to critical acclaim. Let’s hope this isn’t the last we hear from these two together, as musicians of this quality and vision should release a long player!
Day four of an alternative 12 Days of Christmas
On the Fourth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Cool Birds
Three boozy Friends
Two songs by Love
And a Christmas card from the Partridge Family