Loopool – Break. Broken. Broke. (CD-R, Ilse)

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Loopool’s noise is based on loops. If you didn’t catch that from the title, you certainly will on Break. Broken. Broke., a nine-song opus to minimal noise, drone, and loops that work well because of their layering and attention to detail. The album in question doesn’t stick to the same techniques like most drone, either; instead, Loopool disperses the loops with new layerings of sound that carry the tracks past the background noise it could become.

What’s most impressive about Break. Broken. Broke.  is the flexibility Loopool brings with his noise. There’s never a track on here that sounds exactly the same as a previous one, nor do two sounds seem alike. Instead, the album runs through a gamut of different genres, with the most prevalent being a somewhat dark ambient vibe with patterns atop oscillating and rotating loops.

In the more loop-oriented tracks, there’s a noticeable pattern that works well for the artist: take a loop, repeat it again and again, and then craft over top of it with different loops and sounds. Tracks like “Preemptive Strike” and “Labyrinthitis” use this method as a way to allow for an interesting mix of sounds, and it also lets Loopool drop out loops for added effect.

There’s also a few tasteful differences in “Distasteful”, a decidedly dubstep-like beat that fuses electronic tinges of sound together for a nicely rhythmic noise track. “Bluebeard-Audiocamo” features a whirring textural sound that oscillates, crafting a sound that strangely sounds like thousands of people murmuring at once.

However, this difference in sound can also be a detractor, like on “Irruptions – Dead Mix”, a live collaboration with Danse Perdue. On its own, the track is great, with an extremely dark mood. But it seems a bit out of place on Break. Broken. Broke., a more brooding track than its counterparts with not a whole lot of loops. The same goes for the ending track, “How Long Would You Wait In Hell,” a collaboration with Mikko Freeman on guitar. The track certainly drones well with a distorted, down-and-off-tune guitar, but again it seems an odd choice for an album full of looping, rhythmic noise.

Despite those qualms, though, Break. Broken.  Broke. is a really solid release. With excellent packaging and an artist name that is so aesthetically pleasing to look at when written, the album provides a great mixture of loops, ones that certainly make the listener feel as though they’re diving into a pool of them without surface in sight.

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