Adam Bohman, known for his work with the free improvising band Morphogenesis and his participation with the London Improvisers Orchestra, here teams with his brother Jonathan in a series of pieces ranging from spare and spiky to richly layered drones. The instrumentation listed on the disc, aside from "oscillators," seems resolutely low-tech; presumably some of the more electronic sounds are produced from taped and augmented sources. This tension between balalaikas, rubber bands, and hosepipes on the one hand and various electronics on the other is one of the enticing aspects of this recording. Its overarching structure goes from the isolated bangs and scrapes of the opening two tracks to gradually denser, busier soundscapes to, finally, the intense sonic assault of the last two pieces. Some of the sparser improvisations have a lack of cohesion that's bothersome, though it's difficult to know whether such an effect is intentional. The sheer inventive power of the most successful tracks argues that these brothers might have conceived the album in such a manner as to draw the listener gradually into the eventual maelstrom. The general impression is one of electronic noise generation of a complicatedly messy sort and, in this respect, the Bohman Brothers are reminiscent of similar practitioners of the art such as Gert Jan Prins, Voice Crack, or Giovanni Ielasi. But pieces like "Oneiro" (with its organ-like chords coupled with savaged strings) and "Unconscious Sauna" (with interlacing, whining drones) show that these siblings are onto something unique and fascinating. Recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Brian Olewnick