Ragenap – Thriving Culture

Thriving Culture finds Ragenap, Chicago’s master of drone music, surfing through rumbling and howling waves of distorted guitar.

For his second album through American Dreams Records, Ragenap, AKA Joel Berk, is perhaps at his most dynamic. Across two side-length tracks and one mini reprise, Berk utilizes a bank of effect pedals to create soundscapes that range from soft hums to agitated roars.

Each piece is rich with a wide spectrum of different textures and tones, from smooth, almost flute-like tones to coarse and thorny rushes of bellowing guitar. In this way, the songs resemble the different kinds of drones that can be heard in nature. Raging rivers, wind storms ripping through unyielding forests and the groans of shifting tectonic plates all appear to be channeling through Berk’s amplifier.

If you meditate enough on the sounds captured here, you might feel yourself being physically pulled into the center of an electric guitar cyclone. Click here to get your copy on cassette or digital today.

-KH


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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