An Anglo-American collaboration has given birth to the most spectacular sleeve art we’ve seen all year.
‘Industrial’ is a term that gets bandied about freely these days to describe just about anything slightly ‘metallic’ sounding. A new release on label alt.vinyl however, has done more than merely pay lip service to the term with some amazing packaging to make for a complete sensory experience. A joint effort between veteran Newcastle based ambient/experimental group :zoviet*France: and Illinois’ found sound collective Fossil Aerosol Mining Project, ‘Patina Pooling’ comes available in a laser etched, reclaimed steel metal sleeve. The two 180g records are also packaged, “with artefacts salvaged from a burnt-out American warehouse in the 80’s”, as part of a run of 350.
A dense mass of looped distortion and authentic field recording, the three tracks evoke an apt balance of organic and mechanical that sounds as if drawn straight from a foundry. The unique release does come prefaced with a few warnings, namely its not insignificant weight and the rust which is apparrently prone to spread on to most surfaces.
‘Patina Pools’ is out now on alt.vinyl. You can buy and listen to it here.