Loopool’s mini-CD-R Navigator’s Spice Trance works in longer form, something that the project has been experimenting with of late. The release Steaming was a massive eight-hour long track that I really need to find time to listen to in full – that’s been sitting on my shelf for a while, just because I haven’t had any opportunity to give that a qualified review. The single track on this release, “Navigator’s Spice Trance,” isn’t nearly as long as Steaming, and yet it has many similar qualities.
It clocks in around 20 minutes, and throughout the track Loopool maintains a steady feeling of digital buffering. The drone clips and echoes, sometimes speeding up or slowing down. The changes in its nature seem randomly altered, leading to a trance-like effect that serves as a way to surprise the listener when the noise changes. For the most part, “Navigator’s Spice Trance” sounds fairly uniform, but a careful listener will pick up significant variations within the sound, especially towards the end of the track.
It’s certainly as looping as the project’s name suggests, but the warbled tone does tend to wear over time. The twenty minute mark feels a little excessive for this tone, but again, some listeners might find that the random pockets of new sound give the track a variation that warrants the longer running time. Loopool has crafted an interesting release, but it might overstay its welcome.