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Crural Omo: Rites of Harvest (CD, 48:11); independent release A101 Crural Omo is named after a racing industry-abused greyhound that is history now. This is dark, moody, angst-urged RIO, in that Eno/(Music for Films I)/Cluster drainage tunnel of aimless wanderings. I hear some Laswellian dirge-like Material played underwater at 16 rpm. This stuff is laid back meanderings in metallic moors shrouded in the acrid stench of an unknown dimension spilling over. Reverby riffs, walls of looped, delayed, submerged guitars in a Gottsching mold. Raw determined drive without asking permission. Left to right channel bounced signals, endlessly repeating rhythmic passages in the grip of childhood fever dreams. “Summer Rain” and “Fables from the Past” are the only truly relaxing songs of echoey acoustic, wah-wah, reverby, slightly distorted, electric guitar and background synth treatments in a Bill Nelson meets Anthony Phillips n’ David Gilmour . . . look mummy, up in the sky . . . bauplan. I also heard that Spaceman 3/solo Frippertronica at times in the Nelson/Eno/Cluster “Thing I Can’t See” and “Infestation”. Vocals are interspersed narration and commentary of introspective worlds most of us don’t ever visit. We wrap it up with “Playing with Dead Things.” Enoesque storm-trooper stompings on mainstream poprock and rearranged shards of smoky glass according to non-Euclidean space theorems. Need I say more? -- John Patterson
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