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Oliver Coates
skins n slime
RVNG Intl.
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October 16, 2020

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On skins n slime, cellist and composer Oliver Coates delivers an extraordinary collection of soundscapes which balance moody background drones with impressionistic melodies. The album consists mainly of single-take recordings, though these tracks sound so full that you’d be forgiven for thinking they contained a great amount of overdubbing. The ‘slime’ of the album’s title refers to the textures that Coates is able to create by running his cello through a series of pedals - two digital loopers, distortion and chorus to be precise. Sometimes this combination results in soupy atmospheres which provide a greyscale backdrop to Coates’ mournfully beautiful lead-lines - see album opener ‘Caregiver part 1 (breathing)’ on this front. Anyone who has heard ‘Remain Calm’, the 2016 album which Coates created alongside Mica Levi, will hear these entries as a clear development on the sound of that record.

However, skins n slime also contains some of the most aggressive and noisy music of Coates’ distinguished career. A fair few tracks here deliver grinding walls of drone which have as much in common with doom metal as they do with the classical avant-garde. In doing so they touch on records such as Stephen O’Malley’s ‘Auflösung Der Zeit’ and Golem Mecanique’s ‘Nona, Decima et Morta’ as well as the grindcore-cello hybrids of Mr. Marcaille. When brought together with etherised chamber pieces such as ‘Philomela Mutation’, the overall effect is of an arrestingly varied record.

skins n slime finds cellist and composer Oliver Coates drawing on chamber music, drone, doom metal and more to expand his sonic palette in bold and beautiful ways. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of skins n slime will go towards Down’s Syndrome Scotland.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Caregiver part 1 (breathing) 4:50 Buy

    Caregiver part 1 (breathing)

  2. 2 Caregiver part 2 (4am) 5:40 Buy

    Caregiver part 2 (4am)

  3. 3 Caregiver part 3 (slorki) 1:48 Buy

    Caregiver part 3 (slorki)

  4. 4 Caregiver part 4 (spirit) 3:37 Buy

    Caregiver part 4 (spirit)

  5. 5 Caregiver part 5 (money) 5:03 Buy

    Caregiver part 5 (money)

  6. 6 Philomela Mutation (from The Bird Game soundtrack) 2:26 Buy

    Philomela Mutation (from The Bird Game soundtrack)

  7. 7 Butoh baby 3:16 Buy
  8. 8 Reunification 2018 4:43 Buy

    Reunification 2018

  9. 9 Still Life 3:05 Buy
  10. 10 Honey 6:09 Buy
  11. 11 Soaring X (feat. Malibu) 3:30 Buy

    Soaring X (feat. Malibu)

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