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Various Artists Thinkbox Edition 1: Settings

Windsor/Detroit's Thinkbox offers itself as the latest entrant to the North American pantheon of micro-labels peddling minimalistic sounds; its first compilation includes known entities like Bill Van Loo and Mark Laliberte as well as less familiar names Steve Roy and Christopher Bissonnette. There's nary a 4/4 kick to be found here-the comp slides from fuzzed needle-hiss to battered ambiance in the vein of Lucky Kitchen's "Sparkling Composers" series. Field recordings, melted bell tones, lung rustle and run-out rattle all blur together into a remarkably accomplished collection that burrows deep into your cortex and blooms there.

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