The Hollowing, Sepsis (Live Bait Recording Foundation, 2001)
[originally posted 12Feb2002]
The Hollowing have been making a name for themselves over the course of the last couple of years with select live appearances add the odd comp track here and there. Sepsis is the act’s first full-length studio release, and it lives up to the promise.
Most of the material fits the usual Hollowing mold of layer after layer of distorted, indistinguishable samples melting into a chaotic mass of sound. It’s the aural equivalent of spaghetti with marinara sauce. Useless to try and enlighten yourself about any one component, but the whole mess tastes good when taken as a whole. The album’s central track, however, “Exist,” is a new direction for The Hollowing. It’s an exceptionally quiet track, almost inaudible waves of keyboard punctuated here and there by a clip of one of those unrecognizable samples, usually no more than half a second in length. There is a dynamic to the piece, if you’re paying attention; the frequency of the samples gradually increases to the climax, then falls off as the track fades out.
As with all Hollowing material, highly recommended. One of the better releases of 2001. ****