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BLACK MOLD
November 14, 2009, 7:22 pm
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BLACK MOLD
SNOWBLINDNESS IS CRYSTAL ANTZ
FLEMISH EYE

Black Mold is the alias of Chad VanGaalen, long time lone wolf of his very own one-man scene, Snow Blindness Is Crystal Antz being the esoteric songwriter’s esoteric experiment in electronica and a great example of how one man’s ‘free associative song writing’ can be another man’s load of old nonsense. Dispatched from his base in Calgary, it’s a singular music of a peculiar temperament that’s pretty much without precedent, which theoretically is something to celebrate, if only you could shift the nagging feeling that Snow Blindness is the cursory tinkering of a pretentious tit. The sound is a cerebral composite of baroque instruments, discordant electronics and 8 bit bleeps and whilst the bubbly Chiptune element does provide an appealing foil to the climate of pursed lips and corduroy trousers, for his P.R people to categorise this as party music is gravely overstretching the mark. John Calvert

4/10

FOR FANS OF: WENDY CARLOS, JEAN-MICHEL JARRE, CRYSTAL CASTLES
DOWNLOAD: ‘METAL SPIDER WEB #2’, ‘WET FERNS’

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