What could be cuter than a little girl with a turtle? Hold on – what is she doing with that turtle? Is she caressing it or squeezing it? Her intentions do not look good. And that’s why she makes a great image for Black to Comm. Dekorder founder Marc Richter’s music is often pretty on the surface but hides a dark undercurrent, like the floral aroma that masks the scent of death.
Providence is the latest in Dekorder’s Hybrid Vinyl Series, accompanied by new 12″s from Excepter and Experimental Audio Research. It’s the busiest of the batch, and the truest hybrid. On The Vampire Diaries, a hybrid is half-vampire, half-werewolf. This track is a hybrid of drone and electronic. We edge toward the latter, because it would be hard to dance to most of this track ~ one suspects it would be a danse macabre.
The harsh synthetic tones of the first minute foreshadow what is to come. After falling into silence at 1:06, Richter introduces a slow drum beat. For the next three minutes, hisses and alarm tones slither around the set. A ch-ch-ch sound echoes that used in Friday the 13th. In the fourth minute, the gates of hell begin to be breached. In the fifth, a minor key harmony is introduced, setting up the tension that makes Black to Comm’s work so memorable: it’s never about just one thing. But once that Big Bass Note bludgeons the eighth minute, the track begins its final transition into an all-out miasma. The thickness of the extended finale, featuring distortion, dueling drones and pounding drums, makes this record burst with life – ironically, the opposite fate we fear has befallen the turtle. (Richard Allen)