The way seeming orchestral tuning-up turns into a blanket of traffic sounds is enough to make “The Red Queen” (MP3) a heavy-rotation item worthy of any dark-ambient playlist. The track pops up several into a new, free release by Ka-baalim & Bunk Data. The album is just as baroque as might be inferred from its the inimitable title, The Insomniati: Two ‘when you forget you’re dreaming and never wake up’ — just packed as it is with dramatic readings intoned over blank-industrial noise, like overheard portions from some cybersecular ritual. But “The Red Queen,” bereft of any narration, has its own narrative, into a expanse that mixes desolate noise with hopeful melodic fragments.
Also included in the set is a remix by Phil Western (Download, Beehatch, Skinny Puppy). More on Ka-baalim at kabaalim.com. More on Bunk Data at bunkdata.com. Get the full set at the releasing netlabel, darkwinter.com.