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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 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 More from Black Thread at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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