A Product of 30 Years of Violence is the latest release by Christian Donaghey aka Autumns. Made over the course of Summer/Autumn this year, it sees him unload a remorseless assailment of nihilistic noise, tainted techno and scorched minimal wave.
The latest addition to a body of work that has established Donaghey as an auspicious new artist on Karl O’Connor’s illustrious cult label Downwards (The KVB, Tropic of Cancer, DVA Damas) as well as Glasgow’s Clan Destine (Ela Orleans, Varg, Dirty Beaches) imprint, A Product of 30 Years of Violence maintains what Donaghey has so far outlaid whilst revealing a more expansive dimension to the Autumns project.
A swift sequel-of-sorts to his Das Nichts tape – released in February this year – it sustains the propulsive industrial discord that seethed at the heart of that five track dispatch. Sunken vocals, hails of harsh frequencies and locked drum machine rhythms combine to form a ruptured but resolute nerve. But as well as retaining the blistering furnace heat and metal dance roar of before, Donaghey opens up his characteristic grains of corrosive distortion to dead space and glacial aftermath.
A Product of 30 Years of Violence finds Donaghey reassuringly disposed to provocation and tension. Yet it also witnesses an inclination to head further out than ever before, as encapsulated in the tape’s closing moments, a final token of enervation and collapse, represented by a cold front of stratospheric drone and a formidable departure saturated with guilt, pleasure and disdain.
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Out Now on Clan Destine Records
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