The Overtone Ensemble create drone-based, immersive soundscapes utilising self-made instruments and bowed and activated metals and glass.A liminal zone where acoustic instruments vibrate with eerie electronic verisimilitude and familiar instruments sound strangely alien. Dense percussive sound fields peal and ring out from re-purposed scuba tanks and massed handbells. Tuned aluminium rods are caressed into reveries of metallic frottage. Fluttering microtonal beats tickle the cochlea and crystalline earworms writhe across stereo space. It’s an album of oscillating and unalloyed acoustic energy – a real Metallic K.O.
Overtone Ensemble is among 2016’s finest, most fanciful alternatives to real life as most of us must live it, most of the time. – Village Voice