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Ouput 2003


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The Devil In The Design ( )

In The Vale Of The New Year
Worthy ( )
In The Vale of The New Year is one of those incredible records you’ve never heard of. The Devil In The Design is Toronto-based artist Phil Ogison (A Pretty Sonic Splatter, Psychosomatic Sound Machine, Subduction Current) and this release, as do most other DITD releases, sounds nothing like any of his previously released material. From the opening track, “A Plunge of Angels�, with it rompy off kilter arrangement of synths, tribal percussion, drum machines, classical instrumentation and twittering electronics, one thing becomes immediately apparent: this is heavy music made by someone who knows how to properly play with music. At times this record sounds like a progressive rock record, others it sounds like a soundtrack to a Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween, and in some places it sounds like IDM dressed up in goth. “No Chance Meetings� sounds like something bad is about to happen, really, really soon. Possibly around the next corner. “On 8 Legs Hence I Always Go�, sounds like Frank Zappa conducting an industrial music orchestra made up of musicians from Jabba the Hut’s band. “The Blank Cathedral�, is a cut & paste, techno-glitch piece that keeps going under water and then coming back up for air, choppy, discombobulating and mesmerizing. “Trickle Down Effect�, could easily be the soundtrack to some nature show that is showing slo-mo time elapsed footage of honey bees collecting pollen or flowers slowly uncurling an waking up to the morning sun, and “I Flail My Tail Through The West End�, sounds like an electronic whirlwind of sounds skilfully pasted and meshed together into a seamless cacaphony of micro melodies that goes from jazz to glitch, to industrial to classical against a boomy beat. Like I said in the opening lines of this review, this is the best record you’ve never heard. It’s all over the place! Do yourself a favour and search out anything by the Devil In The Design. Here’s a good place to start: www.worthyrecords.com

By L Pounds
Jan 17, 2005

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