Hunted Creatures – Mogollon Rim (C30, Dynamo Sound Collective)

mogollon rimMogollon Rim is an area in Arizona known for its natural beauty near the Colorado Plateau. It’s also known for sitings of a monster that closely resembles Bigfoot. Known as the Mogollon Monster, this beast has been the subject of folklore since the early 1900s, and members of the Apache tribe that live close to the Rim claim to have seen the monster even more recently. As Hunted Creatures’ name suggests, the idea behind this tape seems to be inspired by the Bigfoot-esque creature, and the team of Micah Pacileo, Amy Hoffmann, and Ryan Emmett deliver with a very ethereal set of six tracks. Mogollon Rim has a hazy feature to its songs, and all of them span the course of about five minutes while weaving various guitars, electronics, and violins into the mix. “Whisper Bullets” starts things off with a quiet looping rhythm of ambient sustained chords and percussive elements, adding in the waver of electronics here and there. It builds up into reverb-heavy wallops and whispers, water-droplet blops and bubbles, that heads right into “Interlude”. A soft guitar melody pairs with the clanks and patters of “Whisper Bullets”‘ rhythm section until vibes take over. It seems important to note that the fogginess of each track carries into the next, especially on the first side – what was once important to the percussion becomes the backdrop of a new track. The somewhat melancholy violin on Mogollon Rim is a lovely aspect of the tape, the alternating rhythms in “Hallway” becoming mournful as warped guitar wails overtop. “Dream Snake” has an alluring power electronics vibe to it, the classical violin sounds working as a backdrop to a plucked, exotic guitar repetition. “Human Dust” provides a tribalism with is percussive sounds and synchronous violin/guitar riff. Though Mogollon Rim often feels repetitious, the idea behind crafting these hazy tracks is to highlight the subtleties of change throughout. Hunted Creatures are constantly adding additional noise and instrumentation to the tracks, and the most interesting parts of these songs are the noticeable inclusion of a new sound. It makes Mogollon Rim feel effortlessly fluid, and alludes to the hidden nature of the tape’s Mogollon Monster – perhaps it’s there, if you look (or listen) hard enough. recommended

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