Dogon Lock – Earliest Forms of Magic [CS]

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Dogon Lock – Earliest Forms of Magic [CS]

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Label: Barbaric Cultural Practices

Year: 2016

Format: Cassette

The debut Dogon Lock cassette is a captivating excursion in slowly convulsing tape work that is heavy on the pitch control, and at times, brilliantly disgusting. Crude, primal, gulping, and wooden—there’s a half-alien, half-animal quality to a lot of the sounds on Earliest Forms of Magic that make me feel like I’m getting a more unobstructed view of the contorted sources G*Park shines a light on briefly (and always thanks—the G* is for gentleman), before plunging the listener back into the shadows, or initiating a swift redirect. Weird, hollow, plinky sounds resembling bone-on-bone are all over this thing, along with mutated liquids and mangled thicket skirmishes. There’s hardly any consistent tonal element to speak of—a low, wobbling groan, and frozen echo being the most prominent. On side two there’s a strange, vowel-morphed loop that is fully deserving of the extended repetition. Hard to find anything this successful in doing the mouthy forest four-track routine in recent years (I’d love to be proven wrong on this). You could have slipped parts of this into An Accident in Substance, and well—I’d still notice, but it would take me awhile. Paired with the imagery and general theme of the label, Earliest of Forms of Magic could hardly be a more promising start for Barbaric Cultural Practices.

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