Natural Sciences pushing their sound into new extreme directions. Must have for fans of Christoph De Babylon, Demdike Stare and Mego-esque electronics
'We are not where we live, but the valley we built'
Enjoyment through suffering. Beauty in chaos. African Ghost Valley apply these principles to create their heavy doomsday electronics pulled in from the Black Bunker; a D.I.Y space under a multi-story car-park.
Separated from any scene on the surface, the record was put together by European / Canadian duo Childle Grangier and Gabriel Ghebrezghi; a partnership formed in the heat of heavily improvised recording sessions, where the pair would thrash out their versions of power electronics, industrial waste drops and rhythmic dub rumble to the cities homeless.
Keeping these raw final cuts away from any studio trickery, the microphone would be left on to archive field recordings and wayward audio drops, capturing the hum and lifeblood of the Bunker and the wheezing lungs of the dense concrete that surrounded them.
Titling this work 'Colony', the album is a open-ended and multi-edged tool for AGV to explore, allowing the listener to interpret the work as they see fit, bringing to mind images of corroded space settlements and the darkest recess of human history. You decide.
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Strong release from local firm which sees the label tread a new path. Fittingly, the new Space Afrika LP on Sferic seems to join them in hand, exploring industry-scorched futurescapes and electrostatic discharge with an undeterred focus. A fierce and alien listen!