Friday, August 7, 2015
Cassette Review: Support Unit "Silence Is Strength"
[$5 // Edition of 50 // https://supportunit.bandcamp.com/album/silence-is-strength]
Sometimes reviewing these cassettes can write themselves because what is happening just continues to keep happening. "Silence is Strength" opens with an instrumental rendition of "The National Anthem" and then it kicks into some noisy static doom which holds steady like a wind tunnel with some crackling in it through the first side. On the flip side we begin with deep synth of sorts and then some lightsaber sounds but we're right back into what I could consider to be the drone effect as the same sort of sound with only slight variations continues throughout the entire side.
There isn't really a whole lot else to say about what's going on here as what you hear is what you get and when you press play at some point the sound you're experiencing will be frozen in time. Both pieces do manage to go by a lot faster than what their actual time is on paper somehow and I'm not sure what is responsible for that effect but it is a nice touch. I just know that there are going to be people out there who aren't going to want to sit through this or will question why they should sit through this.
By having seemingly the same sound throughout- one for each side- it does help you to sort of meditate and get lost in it all while listening to this cassette. At the same time, based upon the title I might have expected this to be very quiet and minimal and so I am also glad it is not that. The reasons to put on your headphones and become completely engulfed in this sound are not ones everybody is going to favor but for those who know what it is like to truly be lost in the music this will be met with a warm welcome.