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Review of ‘A Congr’ss’ album by Yellow Salamad’r 4

I really like this album, there’s some great soundscapes but also a sparseness and edge of tension at times. The production is excellent allowing sounds to evolve and grow. There’s also really good use of a variety of recordings and recorded sounds combined with excellent layering of sounds and noise / drone elements which has an element of experimental whilst retaining a great coherence.

Ohms Per Swamp Cubed
This song has great use of field recording and subtle noise / drone elements, it has a stripped back feel but this is done very effectively.

Melancholic Transistor
This also sounds like another field recording and has excellently layered noise / drone sounds and a subtle emerging lead which adds a great tension.

My Role…
A great spoken recording, although I’m not sure where it was taken from. There’s really good layering of sounds again, there are looping elements, bass and percussion sounds and the processing of the vocals towards the end is excellent too.

Laminated Numbers
The processed vocals have an ethereal, spooky feel. Great layering of sounds, there’s an eastern feel to the background sounds and the song has the feel of a half heard conversation. The different elements are combined really well.

We Interrupt This Broadcast
Excellent percussive sounds layered really well against a field recording with a sound recording of a public news report for an impending nuclear strike. There’s a great tension to the song.

Drone #4
Opens with a string type sound layered over a field recording and a sound like tuning in a radio. There’s a great edge of tension to the song.

Lo Fi Left Over Laminated Loops
This song has a great atmospheric opening, slowly evolving sounds with great layering.

Sophisticated Babble
A slow evolving opening, some great sounds panned really well. The song has a sparse feel and the recorded vocals are layered to great effect, it has the feel of being an outsider listening in.

Radio Waving
Great use of radio recordings and noise, the layered percussive rhythm works really well and gives a good momentum contrasting really well against the harsher radio sounds.

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