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Album Review
Urine (A Container)

Urine (A Container)
by Seth Frightening

Sonorous Circle

Review Date
5th December 2013
Reviewed by
James Manning

Wellington experimental folk artist Seth Frightening's Urine (A Container) is the first official release since last year's brilliant long player Don't You Worry (Heat Death). Abrasive and desolate, Frightening offers a small collection that explores disjointed timbre-tinged sound beds with crippling vocal talent.

The E.P's main focus lies in deconstructing folk through avant-garde, in a fashion that allows Frightening to translate the fragility of human emotion. United by a sombre mood, the five songs require active engagement by the listener due to their complexities, but are nevertheless rewarding.

'The Bend in Your Neck' kicks things off with the signature ethereal tone seen in Frightening's previous releases, as minimal drum electronics stutter and finger-plucking guitar drive under layered vocal tones. A 'less is more' approach is taken on 'For Persons of People' and 'I'm Your Mutilated Cow', the former ending with instrumental timbre creaks and the later in noisy feedback. These are merely precursors to the final cut, 'Corn Shelly', where the pained vocals and spacious noise-beds culminate into the E.P.'s most poignant tune.

Urine (A Container) prefers to challenge the listener with preconceived notions of genre and song structure, all the while asserting its cathartic value, and is a great teaser for a future long player.


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