Occult Modem Settings is a Rust-Belt ambient project from Rochester, NY with one of the best monikers in the game. “Bird Brides” utilizes flowing ambient passages that scrape the very bottom edge of noise, until the entire composition takes a gradual left turn into heavy, in-the-red noise and drone. A plodding kick marshals these tones out of safety and into deep waters filled with mines exploding in intervals. Fans of Tim Hecker’s noisier work and Ben Frost’s ambient menace will drown in these subtly distressing tonal passages and deconstructed beats. 

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