The third full length from Shortwave Research Group is a Brutalist monument rendered in sound. Towering concrete structures push against the skyline and low frequency pressure seeps from every crack in the granite.
Spanning eight tracks, it would be easy to classify this record as dark ambient. However its influences are drawn from a much wider set of places, taking in techno, hip hop and modern classical compositions.
"...this mysterious project manages to capture all of my favourite elements of dystopian, post-apocalyptic, and cinematic music. Playing this on repeat during lockdown is the right path to dread. But it’s also the right path to light, as you crawl from underneath its collapsing concrete structures, that seem to close in on you with every paranoid breath. Cavernous bass drops and post-industrial percussion reverberate in this airy open space, bouncing against the metal walls of the imprisoned dismal sound. Hints of vehement phobia, pandemonium, and pre-dystopia swirl in an intoxicating cocktail of a dreaded past, unruly present, and the inevitable future."
- Headphone Commute (Best of 2020)
"Fabryka is cold, compelling and gloriously cinematic."
- Electronic Sound
released May 8, 2020
All tracks by Shortwave Research Group
Mastering by Mark at Calyx Mastering
Artwork by Punkt Widzenia
Special thanks to Ania, Filip & Chris
We have Skee Mask and ....... then there is silence for a while. A 115 minute sonic journey through your headphones and never a dull moment! Skee mask stands at iconic height, inventor of the genre. This is how electric music can sound in 2021! Joe Baston
I love Chatwin's unique sound. I've been a fan ever since I stumbled across Heat and Entropy on Bandcamp.
I think The Hum is his best work to date, taking the listener on an emotional journey through the ever present electromagnetic background fuzz of the world around us.
A great album and I look forward to more from Chatwin. vext01