Although often associated with deep bass sounds, the A side of this brown 10″ focuses more on the mid-range with a buzzing high-tension drone. It is the sort of sound that you would associate with being inside of a electrical power line transformer. Certainly the “Radiant” part of the title fits with the sounds in this track. The second side lets some sparks fly, but more intermittently and above repeated notes played on the low end of the piano, as well as a subtle mid-range drone. It is a contrast to the first side as it offers a pulse and stays away from creating a static field. Both are supposed to fit into the concept of the Substantia Innominata series of 10″ records, of which this is the first installment. The concept is stated as embracing “the prospect of infinite possibilities for artists to create music about the intangible such as: the unnameable, the unspeakable, the unthinkable, the unidentifiable, etc.” Given the history of Drone Records, I would say that this statement could probably just as well apply to a lot of their earlier 7″ releases. Likewise, clocking it at around 9 minutes per side, it about the same duration as some of those 7″ entries. But maybe letting the grooves expand over a large surface is better for the fidelity in the end as 9 minute sides seemed to be pushing the limits for 7″ records. As for the packaging, it is a nice match of matte brown paper and brown vinyl with streaks of green, black and possibly white. The cover art comes courtesy of Robert Schalinski of Column One and evokes the collage work of his countryman Max Ernst. Pressed in an edition of 500 copies, “Radiant Blood” has hung around in print longer than the smaller runs of the earlier 7″s – a format that Drone Records has now put to bed after 100 titles. This 10″ series, now up to 17 releases, as well as a new series of four-way-split LPs look to be the way forward that Stefan Knappe wants to pursue.
Drone Records – SUB-01