Review of 0/r [12k1006]

The Wire (UK)

The minimally packaged 0/r offers up no information other than its very similar track titles – derived from various combinations of the album’s title letters which are then further differentiated by the tiniest shifts in punctuation – and timings. However, its contents reward disciplined deep listening, which reveals a stereo-forest of amplified insectile noises: occasional blips and bleeps, flickering, electronic crackles, click rhythms and pulses, controlled blasts of fuzz, glassy explosions and warbling tones. The dense crackle-rhythm or “r/0” is sliced through with serial sections of silence. “r/0.” works a similar stop-start ploy. Moving slowly, every sound is deliberately placed with the intense precision of a fetishist. – dave howell

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