Our Love Will Destroy The World - Nice and Sleazy, Glasgow, Saturday 19 February 2011 (4 stars)

Immersive noise and drone from New Zealander Campbell Kneale

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Our Love Will Destroy The World - Nice and Sleazy, Glasgow, Saturday 19 February 2011

Photo: Alex Woodward at Crimson Glow photography

Under his Birchville Cat Motel moniker, Campbell Kneale made some of the most beautiful noise and drone of the last decade, being as much about tranced-out organ rituals as ear-bleeding brutality. Re-emerging as Our Love Will Destroy The World, the New Zealander has opened up his sound to a wider range of influences. Kneeling before a flight case tightly packed with samplers, mini-synths and FX pedals, he writhes on his knees and flails his arms as invisble demons dance around him. Reflecting the current vogue in experimental circles for horror movie sonics, Kneale’s set initially recalls recent work by Ensemble Economique, all voodoo drums and giallo synths.

But Kneale is no modish imitator, and he is less concerned with creating an unsettling atmosphere than building a mass of textured noise. Despite all the synth tones, mangled guitars and spectral feedback Kneale lays over that unrelenting rhythmic base, he retains a sense of space, so the listener can find their way into the maelstrom and float freely around: at least until a sudden barrage of noise leaves us reeling in ecstasy.

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