A couple of B&W 684s driven by a NAD C356BEE integrated amp. Digital music is reproduced by a WDTV streamer fed to a Beresford Caiman DAC and on to the amp. The analogue part consists of a Technics MK2 sl1200 turntable equipped with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge.
I never was a huge fan of KTL, what with their gloomy doom metal sound and all, without ever having gone into the series of live recordings they released over the years. This latest album though goes into unfamiliar territories, exploring the same aesthetics in their sound through a very different perspective. Electronic elements come to the foreground, with the orchestrated Phill 2 being a definite highlight, a french spoken theatrical ‘interlude’ that lasts 16 minutes longer than i could take being a definite downlight and the bonus 12″ showcasing an even more extreme approach to it all (which I hope they release in some other format, cause 300 are too few and this is what people should be able to listen from the whole effort). Everything from the amazing Mark Fell version of their logo on the cover (so glad they got rid of the blair-witchy one) to each side of each record containing exceptional audiophile material, makes this an essential release. What were they thinking with the artsy rear cover though, I really couldn’t say… />
Not much to say about this one, after the solid a side of demdike stare’s dive into some cinematic horror territories stretching their digeridoo skills and the carthatic slant azymouth spaced yet chilling flip side, just try and find a way to listen to this.
In no particular order,they all stayed on the platter for much longer than anything else this past year, from the beautiful and soothing melodies of Deaf Center to the brutal beat incorporations of Machine Code, the repetitive thumps of Miles and Swanson lingering on the verge of techno and many more…read on, look them up, give them a listen…enjoy!