Gator Bait Ten – Harvester


CD – Ohm Resistence

The grooves of “Harvester” offer a very shady, almost maniacal sound, characterized by slow cadences and post-rock influences. Gator Bait Ten, comprising M. Gregor Filip, Simon J. Smerdon, Kurt Submerged and Ted Parson, imprint very particular atmospheres that are both melancholic and fascinating. The group
explore many different guitar-playing techniques in the weaving evolution of the threads, which are always thick and bass-heavy; ultra-deformed sequences laden with cavernous impulses. Uninhabitable and desolate landscapes are hinted at by the title track and confirmed over the course of the other eight tracks. There is an insistence to the iterations and a sense of the tormenting inadequacy of explicit communication. Twisted lullabies, melodies repeated in unadorned patterns, suggestive passages and very precise cuts are mixed together with progressive streaks that are unraveled in the cadenced pace of the passages and in the pain-stricken settings. Very dramatic and decadent envelopes unfold, somehow reminiscent of shoegaze and doom, sub-genres of rock and metal. It would be more natural for a review like this to appear in a magazine specializing in rock culture but we, too, like to point out this album because between the grooves an overlapping of practices and stylistic elements unfold – audio-abuse typical of the most extreme and radical electronic experimentalism. When all is said and done, we find we are not too far from it.