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BELONG - October Language

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Carpark cak 31
Release Year: 2006
Note: first great album of this experimental guitar drone duo, somewhere between MY BLOODY VALENTINE and WILLIAM BASINSKI
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TIP für alle Sphären-Drone-Gitarren-Fans! Melancholisch warme Fuzzgitarren, Feedback-Ozeane, Digitaleffekte.... aber das alles reichlich sanft und hochsensibel & himmlisch ausufernd...
FENNESZ und TIM HECKER sind nicht weit, aber auch SLOWDIVE und MY BLOODY VALENTINE.....

„BELONG als Duo folgen hart auf der Spur der Fuzz-Anbeter von MY BLOODY VALENTINE, FLYING SAUCER ATTACK oder SPACEMEN 3. Würde man BELONG allerdings direkt fragen, wen sie zu ihren Einflüssen zählen, würden in der Antwort mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit die Worte William Basinski oder FENNESZ fallen. Das Debüt ,October Language" ist ein Abbild der BELONG-Heimatstadt New Orleans: auf der einen Seite Sonnenschein und schillernde Farben, auf der anderen Seite Schweiß, Zerfall und tiefe Traurigkeit. Die melodischen Ambient-Stücke vermögen es, dem Hörer totale Entspannung oder fingerknöchelbeißende Angst zu vermitteln - je nachdem, in welche Richtung man den Lautstärkeregler dreht. Leider wird ,October Language" eines der wenigen Alben sein, die dieses Jahr aus New Orleans kommen.
BELONG are a duo from New Orleans that follow in the tradition of fuzzed-out folks like MY BLOODY VALENTINE, FLYING SAUCER ATTACK and SPACEMEN 3. Yet if you asked BELONG about their sources of inspiration they would say contemporary composer William Basinski or FENNESZ. Their debut CD "October Language" encapsulates their hometown of New Orleans, at once bathed in sunlight and color, yet dripping in sweat, decay and a rich sadness. A collection of ambient melody-suffused pieces that can either put you at ease or scare the crap out of you (depending on how loud you listen to it), sadly "October Language" might be the only record you'll hear from New Orleans this year. Additional production and mastering work by Joshua Eustis of TELEFON TEL AVIV. Turk Dietrich of BELONG has collaborated with Joshua Eustis under the name BENELLI, whose remix of NINE INCH NAILS' "The Frail (version)" is found on the acclaimed NIN EP "Things Falling Apart".” [press release]

"Born in the dense heat of New Orleans, Louisiana, Belong is a collaborative effort between Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones, whose debut album, October Language, goes beyond traditional song structure to a place where melodic figures blur, and textures are gorgeously sculpted into an ocean of sound. Belong began on the WestBank of New Orleans in 2002, but it was not until 2004 that October Language was made. The album was assembled, composed, and produced in Dietrich's bedroom studio; however, the inspiration for the songs goes well beyond the walls. The album encapsulates their hometown of New Orleans, at once bathed in sunlight and colors, yet dripping in decay and a rich sadness. It is a record that attempts to display the beauty in things that are worn, decayed or destroyed.

Following in the tradition of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Gas, guitars, synths and other musical sources are wrenched from their typical tones, revealing themselves in bright shards of distortion. Melodies are similarly enveloped in a sort of aural atrophy, forever repeating their blurring calls. At the end, all that remains is a noise so potent it leaves the sonic equivalent of the sun's imprint on a retina.

Turk Dietrich has previously collaborated with Telefon Tel Aviv's Joshua Eustis under the name Benelli, whose remix of Nine Inch Nails' "The Frail (version)" is found on the acclaimed NIN EP Things Falling Apart. Eustis played a small part in the production of October Language, in addition to playing slide guitar on the album's title track." [website info]