Iibiis Rooge is a collaboration between sonic predator High Wolf (France) and Astral Social Club‘s Neil Campbell (England). Their latest audio gift is a cassette titled Life in a Bloodcell. A more perfect description of the music contained within these tracks would be nigh on impossible. Straight from a PBS program on the complexities of biology, physiology, anatomy, etc, etc, this music takes the listener into a deep introverted world. Side A is fifteen minutes worth of a couple tracks that veer from trance beats to electronic bubbling. The first half wraps up with Philip Glass style keyboard loops while mischievous electro-rattles scoot around atop the hypnotizing drones. Side B contains one continuous fifteen minute composition that is a bit more foreboding and almost transplants the “life” of the title in a factory/industrial atmosphere, beginning with subtle feedback textures and letting more electro liquid blips before sandpaper rhythms take over. They grate and punish the ears, but also add a level of immediacy missing from the softer palette of sounds on the first side. Now we won’t be surprised by what we hear when someday we wake up to find ourselves living inside a bloodcell.
Life in a Bloodcell is available from High Wolf’s Winged Sun Records
Written by Jeff Daily