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The Way We AreLoaf Recordings

On The Way We Are, this New York City trio explores the outer regions of music through sound manipulations, aurally intoxicating ambient soundscapes and dramatic shifts in timbre and dynamics. It's an exciting trip into the depths of a hellish, psychedelic pit where found sounds, droning instruments and electronic noise morph in and out of the mix. Improvisation seems to rule the day.

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Opening track "Medman" starts things off with lots of jarring acoustic and synthetic sounds swathed in effects, and at times seems eerily reminiscent of output by bands like Black Dice and Wolf Eyes.

Things progress further on "Space Meadow" and "Shapeshifter," as the band starts to expose its influence from electroacoustic composers Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and smashes them together with brooding, dark ambience—the same you normally hear from artists like Lustmord or Svarte Greiner.

The bulk of this release isn't for those looking for an easy listening experience. It's challenging work, but for those who have an appreciation for experimentation, as well as loose, droning compositions, The Way We Are offers much in the way of exciting surprises. (Ira Sather-Olson)

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