Spectrum Spools has really been spoiling us recently; after a string of incredible releases, they're back with Three Legged Race aka Robert Beatty - a man who has been around the noise circuit for quite some time now. "Traces Of A Wet Crowd" opens the LP and we're thrown head first into a chilling jumble of gurgling timbres and computer-chip effects, not to mention those haunting vocals protruding from its core. The title track, "Persuasive Barrier" is a wonderful albeit macabre piece, containing bizarre synth melodies and the surrounding palate of aqueous noises. "Butter Colored Hallway" further manifests Beatty's fascination with echoes and hollow frequencies, but it's on "Locked Eyes" that he turns the focus onto more musical paths, where a bouncy backdrop of drums is swallowed by his jazzy synth explorations and tweaking effects. "Budgeting Air" is another moment of genius, where the structure of the arrangement is barely held together by a scuffling bundle of bleeps and sci-fi effects. An incredibly original voyage into the lineage between drone and free-jazz - recommended!
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