RAN­DALL DUNN

Beloved fIgUREIghT 8/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - Ja­sOn an­Der­sOn

Heavy-duty pro­ducer makes own slab of doom with friends like Zola Je­sus

See­ing as Ran­dall Dunn pro­duced and en­gi­neered some of the heav­i­est, doomi­est al­bums ever recorded – in­clud­ing many by Earth and Sunn O))), whose Stephen O’Mal­ley de­signed Beloved’s sleeve – the first al­bum un­der his name was bound to haul some se­ri­ous ton­nage. Yet for all the men­ace ex­uded by slow-mov­ing in­stru­men­tals like “Lava Rock And Am­ber”, Dunn’s de­but de­vi­ates from ex­pec­ta­tions in many re­spects. Spell­bind­ing col­lab­o­ra­tions with Al­giers singer Frank Fisher and Zola Je­sus com­pel Dunn to pivot away from doomy, droney ab­strac­tions to­wards more song-based forms, thereby evok­ing Ber­lin­era Bowie and Eno, or Sunn O)))’s own match-up with Scott Walker.

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