Music: Emptyset – Borders (Thrill Jockey, 2017)

If I listened to the new Emptyset for the first time I have one initial feeling: “Disturbing”! My first reference for “Borders” is the last effort from Roly Porter. It’s that type of dark, frightened and disturbing noise / drone music. If you never listened to that kind of music before you might have a difficult time with “Borders” at the beginning.

Emtyset was formed in 2005 by James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. Until now the duo produces six records, most of them for Subtext Records. Both started in the Bristol club scene to creates bass-driven electronic music first. Within the years they modify thier music in the direction of noise / drone. One of the typical elemet for Emtyset is distortion. They do not adhere to any rules, so the spectrum of variation is very high. Also becuase the single track time isn’t very long. The record itself has a runtime around 30 minutes. You can’t say what comes next in these 11 tracks. This leads to some shocking and intense moments. My favourite tracks from Borders are “Body”, “Speak”, “Axis” and “Dissolve”. But in case of an album that runs only 30 minutes it makes sense to listen to it in its entirely. By the way “Borders” isn’t an easy record, it demands attention in almost every moment. Another importend thing is, you should be in the right mood for it because, “Borders” isn’t for people with weak nerves. If this should not frighten you, then “Borders” is the right record for you! What a shocking and disturbing record, great!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Dominik Scheuring

I'm living and working in Hamburg, Germany. My interests are all about music, movies, and traveling. I also do some typical sport activities like fitness, running and swimming.

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