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Pure Noonbugs

Don't let the name fool you. While a pseudonym like Pure may conjure images of cloudy ambient etherea or shoegazer guitar pop, the reality is rather different. Pure has a clear affinity for dark, ominous drones of the abrasively spine-tingling variety, comprised of fields of teeming, static-filled electronics. This is Pure's second full-length release; the first, Low, was a compelling album of slow-moving, minimal drones released on the Dutch imprint Staalplaat. In comparison with its hypnotically spare predecessor, Noonbugs bristles with activity, incorporating a far wider variety of sounds. Unfortunately, in Pure's case, less is most definitely more. The heavily processed strings, vocals, et cetera serve only as empty and patently uninteresting distractions, making for far less compelling listening than Pure in full-on drone mode.

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