Much environmental industrial music has all the charm of a surveillance tape — the chance voyeuristic thrills of the overheard. Loren Chasse‘s four cuts on the hand-crafted release Exfolia Motors (Unique Ancient Tavern) — the lovely package includes painting and photography — seem to turn the mic inward: even as you listen to the distant drones and faulty machinery, you feel as though you’re the one being eavesdropped on. The effect can be frightening at times. Sure, the creaky-stairs effect is horror-flick scary, but what really gets you is the assumed intimacy of these sounds: so casual, so familiar.
Thanks to the Aquarius Records store in San Francisco for the recommendation.