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Geoff Barrows’ pet Krautrock project surpasses any high expectations you might have of the Trip-Hop mastermind, hewing desperately close to art-rock release of the year. It’s fitting that just as Dubstep emerges into the light, the author of the previous decade’s great innovation has mined deeper and to darker extents than ever before, freed as he is on Beak>, from the constraints of fashioning other people’s work.

Admittedly, the trio of Bristolians responsible avoid fan-boy homage by only a hair, content to rework Neu’s ‘Hallogallo’ five times or so, albeit bass-heavy and with a paranoiac bent, but the results more than rival the very finest that Germany’s post -industrial mystiques had to offer.

The greater revelation is that the non-motorik-governed tracks, traversing dark-as-fuck Doom-Metal, Post-Rock and haunted electronic miasma, virtually best the stretches of exquisite Kosmische. These parts of the album resonate with torment, transmitting images of downed helicopters,of  lead-poisoned old men, polluted canals and windswept cemeteries, below the threshold of conscious perception.

Every bit as distressing an experience as you’d expect courtesy of the man who gave the world ‘Threads’, ‘Dundry Hill’ marries cavernous moaning to the almost imperceptible sound of distant nuclear sirens; the master of chilling atmosphere at the top of his game. Absolutely essential.

John Calvert

9/10

DOWNLOAD: ‘BACKWELL’, ‘HAM GREEN’, ‘DUNDRY HILL’
FOR FANS OF: NEU, GOD SPEED YOU BLACK EMPOROR!, PORTISHEAD.

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