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Glacial was created as a response to
a question that had only been hinted
at previously. Further responses are being considered.
Born, raised and current of London (south).
No Bra (2004–6): co-wrote unexpected hit Munchausen.
Terse humour and observations/
worldly interests further evident with work of ecstatic noise trio Baraclough (2006–),
releasing debut album Hello Animal (2009) and subsequent cassette-only releases. Current focus is on solo and
collaborative works and performances.
With Glacial, what you hear is what you get. There aren’t any psychoacoustic properties, complex cross-rhythms or
submerged melodies hiding in these
five stark rhythm experiments. Londoner
Dale Cornish has so stripped down
his rhythms that little seems to be left.
You won’t even be able to figure out what’s making the sounds. They could
be from a drum machine, heavy synth
rig or some digitally treated samples. Each piece consists of no more than three or four different sounds, one or two rhythmic elements repeated at a medium tempo with only the barest of treatments. Glacial Pattern 5 is an isolated hi-
hat texture, a dead metallic splash disappearing into ripples of thin reverb. Pattern 3 precariously balances four different rhythmic elements, but might
be the album’s most static track. The closest these tracks get to swinging
is Glacial Pattern 4, which bangs like zombie hiphop — a shell of rhythm, hollowed out and wandering with no mind. The sparseness of these pieces — their sheer stubbornness to do anything or develop anywhere — baits you into
looking for some concept that’s not there. The textures and rhythms are so ascetic, I hesitate to even call them beats. Still, Glacial fulfils one of the main criteria of dance music, even though it will certainly never fill a dancefloor: it’s functional,
just in a domestic way. Glacial isn’t really
an album. Think of it as a strangely calming sonic clock, something to put
on to let you know that time passes,
even when you think its standing still.
Matt Wuethrich in The Wire
Photo by Eddie Nuttall