Through a Glass Darkly -- Found Remains Compilation by Jacob Calland

I’m not usually a fan of compilations, I find they seem to lack a cohesive narrative, and only further act to destroy the dying art of the album. Some how Found Remains have managed to put something together that tells a story.

‘Through a Glass Darkly’ opens with purpose, a pummelling assault of FM’ed late 80’s style industrial courtesy of Sacramence, and continues in this vein with some truly brutal ‘above that horrible pub that you don’t go into, except for gigs’ noise, but it is after this initial barrage that this collection caught me. What follows are mostly quiet, subtle tracks that you drift in and out of in a dream state, occasionally being thrown back to the waking world with sharp interjections of finger on chalk board squeaks. The highlight for me is the closer from Victorine Meurent an ear splitting exercise in experimentalism that somehow manages to remain entirely restrained, very modest.

Found remains are a new discovery for me, but one I will be catching up on and keeping my ears open for.