Luasa Raelon

Consumed Within the Years of Lead

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A co-release between the tiny Hollywood-based noise imprint Pacrec and David Reed's cottage label Snip-Snip, Consumed Within the Years of Lead benefited from relatively larger exposure in the noise underground than Luasa Raelon's numerous previous offerings. Luasa Raelon, David Reed's beast, delivers here a tempered set of industrial noise. The sound palette is much closer to the spirit of the industrial scene than to digicore or harsh noise. Reed's sound bricks are often clearly exposed -- or at least recognizable as tangible sounds -- and he seems to approach the computer as a tool to arrange sounds into strange but self-sufficient architectures instead of a noise-making instrument in itself, thus bringing to mind the artistry of Thomas DiMuzio and other pioneer industrialists instead of the usual suspects from the laptop noise scene. The five pieces included on Consumed Within the Years of Lead showcase a delicate sense of pace, assured taste in sound spatialization, and a wicked conception of ambient as a form of expression. "Years of Lead" and "Harvest Time" stand out as two tracks where the music is given room to breathe, expand, and haunt. Cavernous rumbles are offset by digital cuts that sound like knife blades; electrical hums provide accompaniment for an assortment of surreal sounds. High-pitched wails in "Binary Solutions" moonlight as a dark, melancholy melody, before Reed tackles a harsh noise source and shapes it into different things as if it were dough (the only moment on the album where he hints at harsh noise and evokes the work of John Wiese). This album does not redefine the genre, but in its restraint (there is a welcome lack of excess) and artistry it reveals a strong individual voice and promises a high replay value.