The Sound of Animals Fighting Lover, the Lord Has Left Us

The Sound of Animals Fighting create expansive dreamscapes and layered nightmares by infusing scatterings of improvisational sounds and spinning traditional approaches into inverted heresies. Members of the Sounds of Animals Fighting only appear on the liner notes as the Nightingale, the Walrus, the Penguin, the Skunk, the Wolf?, the Ram, and the Lynx, and like their creators, the songs on this album each seem to take on different identities at different times. There is a taut unpredictability established right away, as the album dissolves in a wash of noise right from the top and then veers into the hauntingly forceful vocal track "Skullflower.” "My Horse Must Lose” is beautifully dispatched in bare bones electronic sprinklings, then collapses into ancient Sanskrit vocals before emerging back into its original vibe, much like "The Heretic,” which sways hypnotically but without warning becomes veil in scratches and swathes of droning feedback and looped oddities. The album continuously strays from any sense of direction until the stance of disorder becomes almost comforting as it creates surreal climaxes and ethereal lows formed along a blueprint of the tired calamities of dispatched kitchen sounds and discordant electro beats. (Equal Vision)