December 08, 2014

Dub Variations at Music Won't Save You

So, Italian blog Music Won't Save You has put up a review of The Thomas Family's Dub Variations album (still available via Crow Versus Crow). The original article can be found here, although I have a sketchy web translation below;

"Over three-quarters of an hour of low frequencies in gradual evolution, broken down into three long tracks, constitute the first witness to the duo formed by Daniel and David Thomas under the alias The Thomas Family, as you can imagine fruit of a thin humor, as the two (who had already collaborated in projects Hagman and TST) are not bound by any restriction of kinship.

Misleading at least as far as the name and the title of their first work, published in an edited edition of only one hundred copies. "Dub Variations" has in fact very little of the dub as usually understood, tabling if anything a declination eroded beyond the bone, reduced to very low frequencies from the gait almost completely arrhythmic and variations just above the level of perception. As a result, there is a universe by the substantial nature dark-ambient, resulting from the interaction of roaring field recordings and minimal sketches produced by modular synthesizer.

The crescendo (or rather, the thickening) followed by the iter traces located outcome, in the final, in a rhythmic content slightly more pronounced, which however does not deviate "Dub Variations" by the essence of impenetrable modulation sound stamps that seem to come from claustrophobic subterranean depth."