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Album Review

Omen is a 50-minute piece divided into four tracks. It undulates between delicate ambience and blown-out bliss, detouring for tender guitar and piano meditations. The gauzy ambient textures could come from the Mille Plateaux label; the swarming distortion clusters could come from Nadja or the Angelic Process. Transitions between energy states are both subtle and violent. The first track flowers into a tapestry of clean tones and lens-flare distortion; ribbons of white noise snake across the proceedings. A tornado gradually swirls out of the second track, while pensive piano in the third track grows into a tableau of distant oceanic explosions. Bursts of static act as invasive jump cuts, switching walls of distortion on and off like a radio dial scanning stations. Both the naked clean tones and the impressionistic climaxes recall post-rockers Mono. But while Mono unfurl huge sonic vistas, Omen is deeply intimate. Fragments of pianos and guitars slowly repeat like skipping phonographs; they're the aural equivalent of grainy childhood photographs. This is Half Makeshift's final work, and it's a fitting elegy.

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Genre: Alternative

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An ambient, post-rock, and post-metal project much in the same vein as Sunn 0))), Godspeed You Black Emperor!, and Nadja, Half Makeshift is the brainchild of sole member Nathan Michael. Begun in Maryland in 2004, Half Makeshift released its first works in 2007. (In truth, almost all of the project's work was released that year.) The first album, Aphotic Leech, was released on Utech, and was a one-track affair. That same year, the four-song L'Anse...
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