Monday, 15 June 2009

Autocreation - Mettle

Back to the 90s again - 1994 to be precise. This terrific album of incredibly atmospheric electronica was released to little fanfare at the time, but holds up really well. Created by the trio of Kevin Hector, Tara Patterson and Mark Van Hoen, who went on to release a great deal of excellent music under his own name, and initially as Locust.
This is dark and brooding stuff, almost menacing at times - it could well have soundtracked John Carpenter's The Thing. A kind of Arctic isolation is conjured up by the reverby atmosphere, and distant pulsing and throbbing - terrain similarly explored by artists like Senking and Biosphere, although this does venture into techno territory with the superb minimal builder 'Tomato Dawn'.