Splintered

Splintered/RLW [Split CD]

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Splintered is a post-industrial, mostly instrumental rock band, heavy on guitars, simple rock rhythms, feedback, and gloomy atmospheres. For this collaboration, they add RLW samples into their mix on four of this album's tracks. It is one of RLW's few collaborations with rock instrumentation since his early years in P16.D4. The RLW samples have the same effect as Brian Eno's innovative work in Roxy Music (although Splintered sounds more like Caspar Brotzmann's Massaker) -- adding spice and general weirdness. The album also includes two RLW tracks, "Moraine's Eyes 3" and "4," made from Splintered sources, but using different tracks than the ones included on this album. One can tell that there used to be rock music somewhere, but the quick cuts and alteration of the original sources make it apparent that this was heavily processed in the studio. The trading of sound sources gives the entire album a unity, such as the sine wave sweeps in "Moraine's Eyes 4" becoming the opening sounds of "Acanthus," but the predominance of Splintered makes this more their album than a real collaboration.

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