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Traffics + Discoveries

Area C

Traffics + Discoveries

Last Visible Dog
CD $12.25


LVD 098 CD 

***"If you picked up Last Visible Dog's recent six-disc Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box, you were treated to a 19-minute exercise in drone poetics, courtesy of Providence, R.I.'s AREA C. His track, "Chain Bridge," led off the final disc of the set and proved that this relatively new voice in the drone scene was definitely worthy to sit alongside the likes of Ben Reynolds, Ashtray Navigations and My Cat is an Alien. As great as ERIC CARLSON’s contribution was to the compilation, it was just a tease, preparing us for this, his debut full-length. The fact that Traffics + Discoveries was crafted primarily with guitar loops and effects pedals does not mean that you know what to expect from it before you even listen. The sounds that Carlson achieves with this palette are definitely not monochrome—a broad spectrum of sound washes over you during the entirety of the album. There is never a dull moment, as each track takes on a separate dynamic realm and the songs themselves change shape, eliciting a stimulating listening experience. Most of the songs are relatively short compared to "Chain Bridge" with the exception of "Dark Radio / Light Waves," which is actually two pieces joined together. The 'dark' half features a sample from AM radio over a miasmic drone and gurgle, while the 'light' half sends us East with a chant heard at a temple in Taipei. It's a very delicate track, where the sound is sometimes reduced to a murmur. It's very exciting to hear someone taking the 'one man with a guitar and pedals' aesthetic and taking up a couple of notches, making a sound that's all their own. I'm definitely looking forward to Area C's next endeavor in the swirly, whirring world of drones."—Bryon Hayes