Dionysus is the god of wine, merriment, and love-making; all are probably not within the spectrum of what most people think of when they hear noise. But Loopool offers three tracks on this 3″ CD-R that effectively encapsulates how an drunken orgy might sound with Dionysus as the composer.
The first track, “First Born,” is the most fleshed-out of the three and the longest. Loopool starts things with a fast-moving synth loop, adding another, different version of a similar sound at a different time later on. The best part of “First Born” is the eerie, punctuated flute or piccolo that lends the track an ethereal, floating tone. It blends well with the loops and the god-like nature of Dionysus, flowing but with just a hint of darkness about it.
“Bacchanalia” and “Dionysian Hangover” feel more like an addendum to “First Born,” with the former a loop of many voices seemingly shouting in ecstasy and the latter featuring more of the majestic-yet-sinister flute/piccolo alone. These feel like a comedown from the orgiastic opener, and yet they continue the tone of the release.
As Dionysis is a short release but one that’s quite pleasing to listen to throughout. Loopool hits with all of the facets of the tracks – the reedy tone of the woodwind, the off-kilter looping, and the adherence to the theme of the release make the CD-R great investment.
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.