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Debut vinyl release for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment from N.Racker, a well known producer operating incognito. Think rumbling doom, hazy folklore and a dense library/soundtrack aesthetic - somewhere between Sunn O))), The Haxan Cloak and Morricone/Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza* After delivering a limited edition cassette release that sold out in a couple of hours last month, N. Racker unveils his vinyl debut for Pre-Cert Home Entertainment, a label run by Demdike Stare and Andy Votel. We're not at liberty to divulge his real identity for fear of the Pre-Cert wrath, however we can tell you he's not previously appeared on the label; his roots reach further back into one of Cottonopolis's most cherished imprints. The sound he makes is full of rumbling gloom, misery and arcane folk mystery, albeit with a distinctly Northern English slant. The material on 'Flock Toxicant' is based on an imagined alternative history of a sinister pre-industrial pestilence among the ovine population and the people who work in wool processing, ending in complete devastation and dereliction. The atmosphere is chokingly heavy and nocturnal throughout, making use of self-constructed devices, antique electronics and altered acoustic contraptions made by the artist himself, designed to blacken every surface. The result is Pre-Cert Home Entertainment's darkest release yet, combining dronal-tonal work-sounds and glistening melodic experimental musicality without a drop of blood, black leather glove or zombified drum-machine in sight. - boomkat
Some ultra spooked imaginary soundtrack action here from this mystery artist (Miles Whittaker/Sean Canty/Andy Votel???). Regardless of who’s behind the alias it’s a decent record with lots of gloomy doomed out drones and scraping strings. Some of the slightly more colourful moments with piano actually remind me a little of Danny Elfman and I could well imagine them soundtracking a Tim Burton movie.
Phil is reminded of Coil’s ‘Unreleased Themes from Hellraiser’. So you get the picture - dark horror soundtrack gear that “is based on an imagined alternative history of a sinister pre-industrial pestilence among the ovine population and the people who work in wool processing, ending in complete devastation and dereliction.” So there you go, if you fancy something to bust out at the Halloween party then look no further. - Norman Records
N.Racker, “glimmers of light”
The pebbles, wet with sleet, bounce off the exposed strings of an abandoned piano.
I pelt them faux-lazily, embarrassed to admit the growing obsessiveness of each throw, never quite on target.
If I get my aim right, I might just be able to play “Chopsticks”.
It’s that time of year when daylight is just one long sunset. I squint harder with each hour, but never make a tune.
According to Boomkat, N.Racker is “a well known producer operating incognito.” He makes thick dry-stone walls of sound, with all the horror of a pagan Perchtenlauf, but seeped in the dark cynicism of the “desolate north.” While the sounds share certain sonic commonalities with some rightfully praised recent Engravings (TMT Review), this is a darker, sparser affair; a lone Rapper dancer grinding swords in the dark of a moor, not a forest.
N.Racker’s debut album Flock Toxicant came out last year on Pre-Cert Home Entertainment, a label run by the similarly doom-ladenDemdike Stare and Andy Votel (of Finders Keepers). Here’s hoping “glimmers of light” will make it onto similarly beautiful slabs of vinyl soon too.