dw005 -PHOLDE - In Favour of More Permanent Pleasures

Silent Cicadia (c) 2012
A very interesting experience. This album was made entirely from the noises made by what appears to be things found in a factory - much of the album is nothing more than metal scraping metal, with the only computerized editing being the immense amount of reverb added to the mix.

It's a masterpiece that should be listened to by all fans of dark ambient and noise music, especially considering the minimal amount of computer work and the willingness to record real sound

Agniworld - Kirill Platonkin (c) 2010
This is the genuine metal music – the creation of an ambient project PHOLDE, whose album “In Favour Of More Permanent Pleasures”, released on Dark Winter label, may be considered a collection of iron songs, though I am not sure, if there only iron was used, other metals sound too. PHOLDE’s music is distinguished by the fact, that author uses found metal, from which he produces unique and pure sound, not applying any computer sound effects, with the exception of reverberation, which, I think, appear to be the best beautification for everything. Gong-like, grandiose strata of ringing peals cover the mind, making it vibrate, resulting in deep resonance with the enchantment of the artist’s performance. The names of the tracks are rather abstract, but this elusive concept drags you down to a certain enlightenment, especially, if you pay attention to the title of the album, which is dedicated to More Permanent Pleasures, which outlive our vain thoughts and motives. In my opinion, the author shows us, that really, permanence is everywhere, and our task is just to manage to see it, and he demonstrates this by the example of metallic things, that can exhale this permanence through their fascinating sounding. Everything can become eternal, we are just to open the window of our consciousness. Find your Permanent Pleasures with PHOLDE.

Fluxeruopa - Stewart Gott (c) 2004
Natural sounds produced from found metal and welded stainless steel structures, this starts with a humming, clanging resonance that moves on to scrapes and clatters, then shifts to metallic whine and shimmering gong like sounds that reverberate from the speakers in a wash of deep, muted noise. Every new recording from Pholde AKA Knurl AKA Canadian Alan Bloor seems to offer more than its predecessors, and this disc is no exception. The extraordinary, ten minute long, closing track 'The Apex Toward The Observer' is amongst the best Bloor has produced under any moniker, and given that I rate two Knurl albums "Nocicept" and "Floritura Deuteranopia" amongst my all time top ten this is high praise indeed. Sometimes, when I wake from sleep, I hear voices in the darkened room; a few seconds and they cease abruptly, as if suddenly aware that I have woken up again. This may well be an indication of incipient lunacy, or benevolent spirits surrounding me, or may be down to something more mundane, such as inner ear disturbance (perhaps brought on by listening to Knurl records). Whatever, this sounds like the way I feel when I hear those voices - something that's knocking around on the periphery of your senses, that you can't martial or control. A fascinating, absorbing disc that defies categorisation, this one will drag you in to the speakers by your ears and force you to listen to it.

Ping Things - Rik (c) 2003
The latest release from Alan Bloor, exploring the beautiful sounds inherent in metal...

By shaping new instruments from various metal sources, Alan Bloor of Pholde creates very unique sounds and environments. On his latest "In Favour of More Permanent Pleasures", Bloor captures the hidden beauty of metal and reveals a music that we rarely have the opportunity to hear.

Haunting and beguiling, the songs that appear on this release create a soundscape of intense darkness made all the more ominous by it's organic sensibilities. Indeed the instruments seem to have a life of their own, and one can't help but imagine that the music created is the sound of secrets being shared with the listener.

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