The belated release of New York industrial ambient crew Black Rain's early '90s soundtrack work in 2011 sparked something in founder Stuart Argabright. It inspired a belated return to the studio and this surprise album, Black Rain's first for 18 years. Given how long they've been away, Dark Pool is a pleasingly accomplished set. Like their previous material, it wades in dark waters, joining the dots between droning electronic textures, skittish, IDM-inspired rhythms, horror chic, industrial noise and bleak electronica. It's hugely atmospheric, of course, but also strangely claustrophobic. It's a brilliant set, all told, but one that shouldn't be taken lightly.
It's another magic moment of old school vs new school on this fine collaboration between no wave legend Stuart Argabright AKA Black Rain and man of the moment Nino Pedone AKA Shapednoise, on his own Cosmo Rhythmatic imprint. "Metal Home" merges Argabright's screeching guitar feedback with the shredding white noise so typical of Pedone. "Autonomous Lethality" has Shapednoise all over it with its relentless body bashing bass frequencies. Miles Whittaker delivers an absolutely mental reshape of "Interceptor" like only he can before we're presented with the original version, which is equally as intense in its own right. Shapednoise's unmistakeable white wash of distortion merges with Argabright's dark atmospherics so perfectly. Not for the faint of heart!
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