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Sublimated Shoegazing

Dense pop white noise by San Francisco's Black Thread

Another thick mass of deeply sublimated tape noise has emanated from the excellent soundcloud.com/turmericmagnitudes account, based in San Francisco. The 10-plus–minute “Black Thread – Crude Shrine” (Black Thread being the act, “Crude Shrine” the song) sounds like someone is playing a My Bloody Valentine album that’s been recorded at half speed over and over on the same cassette until it makes Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting in a Room” seem like an audiophile’s stereo-system dynamic-range test track by comparison. The whorl of deeply punished pop melodicism increases as it proceeds, until what could very well be a rough wave carries it out to sea.

Track originally posted for free download at soundcloud.com/turmericmagnitudes. More from Black Thread at soundcloud.com/blackthread.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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