Tengui returns with the follow-up to his profound drone masterwork, 'Transference', relaunching the ferric ship Broken60.
Broken20's cassette sub-label Broken60 bowed out in 2015 with Tengui's 'Transference', a turbid morass of drone and murk, so it's only fitting that the venture should return with the follow-up, a re-imagining of sorts that takes the same sombre, meditative mood and reapplies its methods to the here and now. As if to cement its corporeality, its creepy tendrils have also wended their way into reinterpretations from fellow-travellers Datassette, TVO, Kessler V and Production Unit.
We open with Deathdrive, where distant gongs drift over oppressive, foreboding monotones. It ebbs and flows over its 18 minutes, until a startling final chime acts like a signal to awake and move onwards. Passage 2 The Act follows, ramping up the tension with a beat that pounds in slow motion when it finally touches down – 60BPM techno for the win. It's another long-form trip, finally collapsing into itself as unmensch voices sound like gossiping life forms beyond our ken.
Over on side B, Crater starts like shoegaze on brown acid, but peremptory bass pressure soon muscles in, ultimately subsuming all until it, in turn, fades, leaving us with clipped white noise pulses like the ominous ticking of a clock. We finish with Mirror, and again low end rules the roost. It's hard not to visualise the end credits rolling atop footage of a burning cityscape, while something approaching a melody emerges in the sub regions.
It's fair to say the remix selection is a little more upfront, with Kessler V echoing the parent material at its most feverish, veering eventually from maximal drone to motorik drums and a disembodied choir. Datassette goes for a proper rinse out, offering charged D'n'B with appropriate bass filth. The first of Production Unit's offerings is like weightless Photek, where breaks are heavily hinted but never actualised, whereas his second is the pay-off – subs, clattering drums, the lot. TVO brings up the rear with trademark nervy percussion and deep chords to convey his IDM roots.
Overall, 'Countertransference' is another dense journey into the mind of its uncompromising creator, the realisation of a ten year excursion into sound.
Max Bacharach (Bakarakov, AKA Tengui) is a sound artist, selector, curator and collaborator living in London, working with processed electronics, found sound and images, collage, ‘de-composition’ and text. He runs the Misc.Works label with John Davies/Datassette, Logic of the Signifier with Ruaridh Law/TVO, and curates occasional multimedia events with TVO, Spatial and others.
He prefers to let his works speak their own truth/s; also has a normal job.
The tape version of 'Countertransference' features Tengui's four original tracks, assembled into a continuous mix by the man himself. Each tape comes with a digital download code for the individual tracks, pus their five remixes and a digital copy of the continuous mix. Digital purchasers get those nine tracks. Direct digital purchases (from Broken20's Bandcamp) also get a digital copy of the mix.