This is a good but not stellar 7" EP by New Zealand's Eso Steel. The eponymous track on side A stands out: Here the artist combines a background hum with minute noise events placed like slabs of musique concrète. They are not intended to startle, but they do build up tension. It is cleverly constructed and very effective. Sadly, the flip side, "Two Ways," fails to maintain this level of quality. An assemblage of soft hisses, vinyl surface noise, and other mishaps, it wanders aimlessly, incapable of coalescing into something either entrancing or captivating (the two poles with which Drone Records seem to play). This EP was released in a first edition of 250 copies on white vinyl, packaged in rice paper sleeves.
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