June 2014 National Music Reviews

Review: Moon Zero – Tombs / Loss

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Moon Zero
Tombs / Loss
Denovali Records
Street: 04.25
Moon Zero = Steve Reich + Akira Yamaoka + Loscil

Like an unsettling dream, this pair of albums produces associations and feelings that displace and frighten the listener. Tim Garratt plays with the possibilities of maximalist ambience, pitting a full range of reverberating overtones against each other to create overpowering aural experiences. In the midst of the swirling ethereal sound cloud of “Dalyan,” you can occasionally hear voices that never become fully distinct, as if they’re being swallowed up in the undulating waves of noise. Vague impressions endure, like wiped-out faces from last night’s dream or the lines of static on an old VHS tape. Beautiful, odd and mesmerizing. –Henry Glasheen

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