Tri Tone is Plurals' first studio recording as a trio following the most recent releases which feature live or session material. The last studio release was 2014's Bugenès Melissae - two tracks of calmer, more reflective music, standing aside from the bulk of the group's output which tends towards noise as the ultimate splitting-point after a period of collected density.
On Tri Tone that density is an end in itself. It is slow music that maps out its space carefully in coming together. It may be the gentlest and most patient of Plurals' albums, though it required the longest and most detailed sonic wrangling to complete. Two pieces were chosen from three hours of recorded music, and were contracted and expanded again by turns until eventually the finished versions took shape.
Plurals' studio improvisations typically expel a significant amount of aggression and intensity in their early stages, holding closer resemblance to live performances. With such force expunged however, the following material sees them exploring lengthy passages of audio cogitation rarely delivered live.
GNOD make NOISE; a churning scree of incandescent tumult that feels less like rock 'n' roll than an anonymously delivered pummelling to the head and guts in some dark alley late one Saturday night. GNOD's is a singularly British noise too. Yes, there are vague nods to early Swans but only a band playing in the ruins of what Cameron et al have done to this once green and pleasant land could raise such a conflagration as "Mirror". Whatever your musical taste, you need this album in your life immediately. No ifs, buts or maybes. Nic Brown
An absolutely astounding work. It sends my consciousness to another plane for the entirely of its run time. The 45 minutes that make up tracks 4, 5, and 6 are like nothing else I've ever heard. Levrikon