FREQ.ORG : Spherics

Blessed with a stern bass presence, Spherics rumbles awake in Dub style, clicks and whips up post-Industrial glitches while spinning a web of atmospherics around the whole caboodle with steadfast dedication to the details of drum sounds and low end pressure. Opening number "A Strong Sense of Urgency" is well named, chilled with clattery skunk breakbeat paranoia and a looming rhythm which propels the listener into unwitting edginess, and matter proceed in similar style from there. Despite the rhyhmic frigidity of some of Michel Banabila's programming and sequencing, there is an organic quality to the arrangements on Spherics. These can be found in the hooting owl and virtual passing car horn on "Tic Tac" or the rainfall electronics of "Worm-jazz", where brushed cymbals contribute to an expectant mood built on slow Industrial Dub rhythms and what sounds like a steel pressing plant getting to slow grips with Reggae while a big band suffer a nervous breakdown in the nearest crawlspace. Less ominously, "Science Freak" wheezes and snickers complainingly from the depths of an iron lung shot headfirst into the diminishing depths of space inhabited only by needle dust and self-absorbed bass. The incipient tensions in the album make for a subtly disturbing listen; and the offer of release witheld, while enhancing the edginess, can also be successfully dissipated into surrendered relaxation. The lengthy "Suma 4 - Blue Mix" washes in on a calming tabla-styled rhythm, gentle bass and simple melody, while Jorien Muste's soothing violin strokes meshed with crackles and Ambient heartbeat sussurus roll through an equally extended "Suma 3 - White Mix". The final act of suspended animation thawed into slow pulsating rhythm comes with "Primitive Lab", where vital signs are restored gently in preparation for removing the electrodes and drifting back to mundane reality.

Linus Tossio.