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In Between

In Between was originally recorded with J-L Huhta and CM von Hausswolff and is of a more instrumental leaning than most of Graham's recent work.

The Throbbing Gristle-style opener, Detect, is initially promising, comprising of a single beat, distant atmospheric echoes and hints of notes or clatterings in the foreground. 17 minutes is probably too long to play this game though, even with the introduction of some subtle vocal layers towards its end. Another good track is Dearth of the Cold, whose invasive rhythms are industrial in the true sense of the word: crunchy and heavily textured. Like Detect, snatches of rhythms, mostly built from other industrial squeaks and clangs, echo around the mix.

However, it seems many pieces were dropped in as filler in order to make this CD last the 74 minutes it proudly boasts on its front cover. Root Snap is one such example—it's boring, rather pointless and out of step with the deeper, engrossing elements of Detect or Dearth... Unfortunately it's in step with many of the other tracks and, rather than being the exception, this is quite a common occurrence; more than half of In Between is immediately forgettable in every sense.

Endormend is like something one might find on an atmospherics CD. If I want unstructured atmospherics to that degree then I'll just stick my head out the window and listen to the world go by. Other tracks are like sitting in a factory listening to machines. And that's the problem with this release: too much of In Between is cold, unyielding, and uninteresting. Too much filler exists and although a few pieces shine most don't seem to do anything to retain the interest. Comparisons with Hox's It-ness, whilst possibly being a little unfair, are almost inevitable and In Between seems rather similar, just with most of the substance removed. If you're not into minimalist industrial rumblings then you'll find this dull and boring. If you're a fan of Graham Lewis' other collaborative projects, particularly He Said Omala, you'd be far better off picking up a copy of It-ness.

Craig Grannell (September, 1999)

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