Previous Collision/Detection EPs have been brilliant, especially those by West Norwood Cassette Library and BLK TAG, but with v6 this series has released something of genius.
Kemper Norton’s addition to the Front and Follow label’s experiment in pooled sample sharing uses the source material for bone chilling and brain delighting ends. They have created a mossy, drizzling, ambient tech-folk masterpiece. The sequencing is gripping; beginning with ‘Him’, we hear a sinister tale of a community driving out a man who has been violently abusing his wife: “now if this man don’t mend his manners, we’ll have to send him to the tanners, and if the tanner don’t tan him well, we’ll nail him on a nail in hell,” over a buzzing, humming nightmare of fuzz. The looped tension becomes overbearing until it segues into ‘Us’ and its five minutes of street lit industrial clockwork magic. ‘Them’ casts us back into a dark full of radioactive crackle, digital hiss and disturbing vocal snatches. ‘Her’ closes this EP with a droning metallic loop and the warning, “go from the window my love, my love, go from the window please, for the devils in the land, and he will not understand, that he can’t have a harbouring here.”
Welding the disparate elements of techno, ambient, folk and noise with an unholy skill and assurance, this release makes me feel impatient to hear what Kemper Norton and the Collision/Detection series will come up with next. It sounds like something genuinely new and inspired; a truly unmissable release.