#90

July 9, 2010

Belong – October Language
ambient, drone, noise
2006

Too minimal and unstructured to be shoegazer. Too fuzzy to be ambient. October Language is virtually impossible to classify, and it’s challenging, enthralling listening from start toBelong - October Language finish. Occasionally bearing a slight resemblance to Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works: Vol 2, Belong’s debut release consists entirely of guitar drone, distortion and glitch, which combine to create an overall soundscape that will absolutely immerse you. While Aphex Twin’s masterpiece had repeating motifs for you to cling to, Belong offers no such luxury – the tracks drift and flow in a seemingly random manner, with elements of the instrumentation withering away without warning, only to reemerge (with just as little warning) at a later point. All this makes the album sound organic and totally directionless. This is unique, unpredictable and haunting music, and it’s quite unlike anything else you’ve heard before.