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Album Review

As Rapoon, Robin Storey creates dark ambience. In fact, it sometimes borders on malevolent minimalism. The Fires of the Borderlands is a set of deeply eerie atmospheres with experimental textures and frightening timbres. The mechanical repetition adds to the mystery. Deep drones alternate with sinister synth washes to heighten the mystique. Storey has left no room for escape; the soundscapes surround and enclose listeners tightly. The fires referenced in the title are the fires of hell, or, at the very least, the fires of fitful existentialism. This is not a CD for the weak of heart. It will appeal to fans of Lustmord, Jeff Greinke, Stephen Philips, and Isomorph.


Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Rapoon was the ethno-ambient solo project of :zoviet*france: co-founder Robin Storey, born in 1955 in Cumbria, England. While studying fine arts at Sunderland University, he began pursuing a long-held interest in sound manipulation by taking classes in electronic and experimental composition, additionally joining with friends to perform the works of Karlheinz Stockhausen (a key influence, as were the Krautrock bands of the early 1970s). In 1979 Storey formed the pioneering industrial group :zoviet*france:,...
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