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Human Bell
(Thrill Jockey)

Human Bell is the collaborative effort of David Heumann of Arboroteum and Nathan Bell of Lungfish. David and Nathan each play guitar on this instrumental recording. The majority of the tracks include drums and additional instrumentation, primarily of the stringed variety. The sound is very similar to the early post-rock scene (e.g. Tortoise), but it has striking serpentine quality. In this regard, it is reminiscent of Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd of Television.

Each composition is layered over a spare foundation of slow burning, borderline motorik percussion. A steady, winding acoustic guitar rhythm is layered over the drums. Seemingly extemporaneous, melodic phrases wrangle with the acoustic rhythm guitar in interlocked counterpoint. The overall effect is like solitary raindrops falling into a reflecting pool. The ripple effect is gentle but impossible to ignore.

In contrast to Nathan’s full time employer, Lungfish, this is a far more ethereal, yet no less trance inducing beast. Track four, “Outposts of Oblivion” is a standout with singing bowls underpinning the guitar interplay. Highly recommended for twilight listening.

— Jesse Srogoncik, February 22nd, 2008


Human Bell — Human Bell (Thrill Jockey, 2008)


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