Monolith

Tribal Globe

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Trance-like, measured, relaxed -- these are not words usually used to describe noise-style releases, but Monolith's Tribal Globe hits all of these marks. Monolith's second release patterns simple loops in a manner reminiscent of acts such as Sonar (of which Monolith's creator, Eric van Wonterghem, is a part) with entirely different outcomes. Where Sonar is harsh and loud, Monolith uses a variety of electronic voices laced with noisy effects and samples. The mix adds a hypnotic depth to Tribal Globe. "Edge of the Earth" opens the release with an open, old world feel, sustained in later tracks on the release (notably "Dreams of a Journey" and the title track, "Tribal Globe"). Tribal beats underscore the tone. Other tracks, such as "Matrix-B" and "Asynchrone Counter," build solid noise patterns, without compromising the smoothness established on the opening track. The individual sounds of Tribal Globe can feel harsh, but van Wonterghem weaves them into textures that lace together well enough that there are no hard edges. Each track does not follow typical structures, but stays looped as various subtleties move in and out of the main pattern. All of this is reason enough to hear what Tribal Globe has to offer. Monolith has definitely delivered something both different and unexpected on this release.

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