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Delicate Folk-Noise MP3s from Brometer

If you have time this evening for one track, dig into the free EP Three feet of by Brometer and focus on its penultimate entry, titled “Rotation.” The track opens with a mere slip of white noise, looped so as to let the point between repeats serve as a vaguely rhythmic element, with a slowly encroaching, then wistfully enveloping, miasma of muted sounds, maybe scraps of horns and backward-masked found recordings (MP3). In a brief accompanying liner note, Brometer (aka Nottingham, England-based Mark Sargison) says, “All of the music is recorded using the built in microphone on my Macbook, a 3 pounds organ and little else.” That explains the exquisite fragility that’s heard here, and that’s also infused in the album’s more fleshed out cuts, like the brief guitar-noise figment of “Stolen” (MP3), with which the album closes, and the digitally manipulated folk detritus that constitutes “A Trap” (MP3), all surface textures and circling guitar lines. Get the full thing at semlabel.com/iod. More on Brometer at myspace.com/brometer, where he’s currently streaming a non-EP song, a slowly building cacophony of what may be excited cymbals or stroked glass.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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