The Hafler Trio

The Moment When We Blow the Flour From Our Tongues

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This limited-edition 10" EP seems to be the Hafler Trio's first release of new material since 2000's Hijodmynd on Die Stadt. It came out at a time when H3O mastermind Andrew Mackenzie was struggling to pay his medical bills, the result of a fatal illness. But The Moment When We Blow the Flour From Our Tongues is not second-rate material hastily packaged to help out the man -- quite the opposite, actually. The two nine-minute tracks pressed on this slab of clear vinyl rank among his best work. They are fragile, surprisingly serene, and extremely demanding on the listener. It feels like watching television with the volume level so low (not to wake up your parents) that you can hardly hear a sound. The drones and sound events hover just beyond reach and you end up imagining what they actually are. At that point they come close enough for you to realize you had it all wrong. "The Moment When We Blow..." is a little bit more eventful and even has a tongue-in-cheek ending (just listen very closely). "Akin to Spoken Thought Entering Paradise With Boots On" goes deeper into silence, entrancing and puzzling the listener. In typical H3O fashion, this EP comes elegantly packaged.

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