Amplifier Machine – Her Mouth is an Outlaw – CD – 12k

12k make the transition from minimalism to what I’m told is Post-rock in one deft movement, by releasing this neat 7 tracker from antipodean experimentalists, Amplifier Machine. This is a tricky release to assess, as I’m not totally familiar with post rock as a genre, although on first listen, Radian and Praveen instantly spring to mind, as well as fellow Aussies, The Necks. Graced with curiously evocative titles such as Pockets Full of Red Dirt, Poor People In Church, or my personal favourite, Up with the Curtain, Down with Yr Pants, I get the idea that these are perhaps deeply personal reminiscences, textural sketches, or impressionistic scratch pads, maybe even free form improvisational interventions, where the guitar becomes merely a background device upon which the other instrumentation accumulates. Certainly, the instrumentation is fairly conventional, but the delivery, far from it – is THAT what post rock is?
 In any case, I like what I hear, despite it being quite markedly different from most other 12k releases, Amplifier Machine essentially deliver the 12k aesthetic and production values. The instrumentation is stripped bare, with muted colours, and the occasional splinter of light, Amplifier Machine keep to a rigid groove, the guitar providing solid, resonant backdrops, tempered with a dusting of sound, strings being grazed, violins and keyboards being noodled with – minimalism taken to a new level perhaps, or certainly a new syntax. Closing track, Memories of the Feeble Minded is a classic, and should a Cormack McCarthy western ever make it to the big screen, then this would be the perfect incidental backing track –  mindblowingly great stuff, and congratulations to 12k for yet again breaking new ground. Recommended. BGN



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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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