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Snorkel - Glass Darkly
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Snorkel

Glass Darkly

Slowfoot Records

Released: 28th January 2008 | 10 track experimental album

SNORKEL are a South London-based collective whose members come from different corners of the alternative scene, bringing together the tactics of improvisation, electronica, and sound art. Propelled by the afro-kraut, jazz-dub leanings of drummer Frank Byng and the rhythms generated by cheap samplers and drum machines, SNORKEL revel in the joy of psychedelic repetition throwing in elastic interruptions on guitar, analogue and digital synthesisers, trombone, live samples and vocals. Glass Darkly is the band's debut album; their live sound was captured over three freezing days in a studio behind a fish factory, before retiring to the warmth of Snorkel studios to extract the key moments from these sessions and apply some finishing touches. The album opens with the slow build of the post-apocalyptic opener As the Dust Settles'¦ from there the edgy mood is sustained - riding the turbulence in Carpet Flying, grappling with the angry rattle of Alligator, avoiding obstacles in the cut and run of Rub Attractor/My Elephant, before self-deconstructing with the squat pop finale of This headphone Mix. Glass Darkly captures the spirit of the band's spontaneous performances and the rough-edged guerilla tactics of a band addicted to the dark side of the groove'. 'the ghostly jam of Miles Davis, Sonic Youth and Lee Perry smeared'¦ all over our asses'.

…the missing link between Krautrock and Lee Scratch Perry [Rock A Rolla]

...the spirit of Ege Banyasi-era Can looms large... There is also a debt to This Heat's post-Prog experimentalism in the detailed tinkering: tape loops, primitive Casio electronics, squelchy moog basslines...borne along by the momentum of a spontaneously self-generating groove. [The Wire]

This debut from the South London sextet is bathed in the rhythmic propulsion of Can, spiky post-punk Moog/guitar interplay, and the dissonance of This Heat [Uncut]

Like having your head squeezed a full fathom five down, the pressure here is good... throwing in an MC, some synths and a damn fine bit of drumming, this is deeply grooved and experimental stuff [Clash]

This one here sounds like an evil super-distillation of everything you ever liked about challenging music but you got it chained to the heater of your one-bedroom apartment in order to keep it hidden from the eyes of the world [Lodown]

Glass Darkly is a refreshingly categorization-resistant blast of unsettling sounds to stroke chins or bust a move to. [Kruger magazine]

Glass Darkly proves to be an audacious yet highly successful experiment in leftfield, futuristic astral-Jazz fusion, always twisting and turning, yet never losing sight of its melodic aesthetic. To provide such consistency through-out the album is a major feat and listeners will undoubtedly have the CD on constant rotation. [experimusic]

A brilliant album full of dark twists and turns [Buzzin Fly]

"This debut from the South London sextet is bathed in the rhythmic propulsion of Can, spiky post-punk Moog/guitar interplay, and the dissonance of This Heat"
Uncut
"…the missing link between Krautrock and Lee Scratch Perry"
Oli Marlow, Rock A Rolla
"...the spirit of Ege Banyasi-era Can looms large... There is also a debt to This Heat's post-Prog experimentalism in the detailed tinkering: tape loops, primitive Casio electronics, squelchy moog basslines...borne along by the momentum of a spontaneously self-generating groove."
Daniel Spicer, The Wire
"Like having your head squeezed a full fathom five down, the pressure here is good... throwing in an MC, some synths and a damn fine bit of drumming, this is deeply grooved and experimental stuff"
Clash Magazine
"...it sounds like electronic fusion era Miles Davis if he was arranging in the 22nd century. Glass Darkly proves to be an audacious yet highly successful experiment in leftfield, futuristic astral-Jazz fusion, always twisting and turning, yet never losing sight of its melodic aesthetic. To provide such consistency through-out the album is a major feat and listeners will undoubtedly have the CD on constant rotation."
experimusic.com
"Glass Darkly is a refreshingly categorization-resistant blast of unsettling sounds to stroke chins or bust a move to"
Kruger Magazine
"This one here sounds like an evil super-distillation of everything you ever liked about challenging music but you got it chained to the heater of your one-bedroom apartment in order to keep it hidden from the eyes of the world"
Lodown
"A brilliant album full of dark twists and turns"
Buzzin Fly