09/03/2015 – MXLX-MX (2015)

First release of the month from Bristol’s experimental pioneer

 

 

March is a busy month of Matt Williams. First the release of his MXLX alias’ new 7” single I Set in Motion a Course of Strings Over the Abyss and Let the Sonorities Bellow Forth in Dysphoric Jubilee, then a brief European tour, followed by another MXLX, this time the At Time Temple 12” and a new Fairhorns album Fuckup RUSH both at the end of the month. What’s more the quality never drops once.

 

 

Side one of I Set in Motion a Course of Strings Over the Abyss and Let the Sonorities Bellow Forth in Dysphoric Jubilee, MX, opens with Gregorian style chants, knives sharpening, the sound of escaping gas that would make David Lynch proud and drone synths. As the song progresses it’s hard to make out the different elements, but the intensity grows until the mist clears and the outro beings.

 

 

The second side continues where it’s counterpart left off, but it starts off ethereal and dreamlike, then as it progresses the music gets more and more manipulated, until the inevitable skews itself back into a chanting passage, via some freaky goblinesque vocals. The closing phrases of the track are all distorted by the escaping gas sound. This is what I think sleep paralysis sound like.

 

 

What Williams has successfully done here is create two five minute tracks of abstract music that, due to the nature of a 7” single work perfectly in isolation of each other. However if you have the digital version and play them back-to-back, you start to realise there is a method to this madness. Combined the completed ten minute track almost mirrors itself, from the position of the chanting, to its drone synths.

 

 

I Set in Motion a Course of Strings Over the Abyss and Let the Sonorities Bellow Forth in Dysphoric Jubilee, isn’t for the faint hearted, and at first it all seems to be at odds on purpose, but with repeat listens it begins to get more enjoyable and more importantly under your skin. As the Dali Lama once said “Nothing remains difficult once you get used to it” this is true of the I Set in Motion a Course of Strings Over the Abyss and Let the Sonorities Bellow Forth in Dysphoric Jubilee 7”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 comments
  1. Grace said:

    Thank you for sharing this abstract music and explaining what we are hearing!

  2. I cannot say this is my style of music, but it was quite fascinating to check out a track that is very unique.

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