Drew McDowall - Collapse - Albums - Reviews - Soundblab

Drew McDowall - Collapse

by paul_guyet Rating:8 Release Date:2015-09-28

When I say that something "sounds like Coil", that's one of the highest compliments I can offer. Drew McDowall's debut solo album, Collapse, sounds like Coil, more than likely because, for several years, he was helping to create some of their best and most nuanced works. 

Also, to not mention the similarities between this and the work of Danny Hyde* would be absurd. In fact, Collapse and Hyde's recent Bad white corpuscle could be parasites in the same host, or, perhaps more aptly, Collapse is the auditory hallucinations the host afflicted with Bad white corpuscle is experiencing.

McDowall creates an uncomfortable point of entry with 'The Chimeric Mesh Withdraws (Parts 1-3)'; cavernous and lethal. Twitching and pulsing with alien life. Membranous. Malignant things approach as volume and intensity increase, then slink away back into the dimness, only the vaguest, menacing shapes perceivable in the sweating gloom. The throb of "Hypnotic Congress" is somewhat sexual, but the textures are cold, sharp and nightmarish. The second half of "Congress" resembles late 90's Nine Inch Nails. "Through Is Out"** contrasts deep, restful breathing with a tiny, chittering string and eventually introduces a thick static like the grinding of teeth. "Convulse" is the shortest and most structured piece on offer, built around the repetition of a hollow, thocking sound, and variations of a voice speaking the phrase "I convulsed"***. The album closes with "Each Surface Of Night", which is  expansive and not as uncomfortable as the rest. It's almost soothing, meditative, more hypnotic than "Hypnotic Congress".

If you're wondering what Nine Inch Nails' Ghosts I-IV would have sounded like if Reznor had been less focused on precision and presentation but more focused on creating a unified, living world, or what Coil might sound like today, or if you just want to make someone uncomfortable, then you should experience Collapse
The phantoms of Coil still haunt this world thanks to artists like Drew McDowall; Sleazy and Balance would be proud.

* Also a former member of Coil.

** A title which might be a reference to NIN's "The Way Out Is Through" from 1999's The Fragile.

*** This may have been more interesting without vocals.

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