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The North Sea

Grandeur & Weakness

Genre: ELECTRONIC
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Released: Feb 2013
Catalogue Number: RCN001
Track downloads for: Grandeur & Weakness
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1. THE NORTH SEA : Disease Vector
13:03
2. THE NORTH SEA : Peasants
5:49
3. THE NORTH SEA : Empty, Fragile Shell
8:23

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the north sea - Grandeur & Weakness

It’s been a great ride, but all good things must come to an end, and ‘Grandeur & Weakness’ is sadly the final breath of Brad Rose’s celebrated project The North Sea. He’s fought through drone and folk tropes over the years, but arriving on a rich seam of transcendent noise is probably where he’s been most successful, culminating in the defining ‘Bloodlines’ album. ‘Grandeur & Weakness’ is its spiritual successor, and takes the overdriven grit of its predecessor and adds pummeling African percussion, giving the tracks an unrelenting rhythm and linking it somehow to the recent slew of Cut Hands releases. The cascading oscillators are still stacked up like a wall of Marshalls at a Metallica show, but the star here is those unmistakable rhythms, all fired across cassette tapes and pushed through any number of effects to leave a hoarse ghost of what they used to be. At any point each track sounds like it’s about to collapse leaving a gaping chasm in its wake, but Rose has just enough sense to pull things back before they run awry, leaving us breathless and dying for more. Sadly there won’t be any more – this is it, this is the end, and what an ending it is.

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