The third album from experimental UK noise masters One Unique Signal, Hoopsnake, is a collaboration between the three core band members and 20 of their contemporaries, including The Oscillation’s Damian Castellanos and Steven Lawrie of The Telescopes, who all produced music inspired by a single riff.
The riff was born from a repetitious loop originating from the sessions for their previous LP, the Sonic Boom mastered Aether. The band then recorded two versions of it (one a loud, guitar-driven take, the second a softer synth passage) and shared it with friends and collaborators, inviting each artist to create a corresponding sonic interpretation, which have all been mixed into four separate 10 minute long tracks.
The result is a seamless meshing of ideas from some of the best minds in the underground music scene, whose recordings span the weird and wonderful, ranging from ‘home made noise box’ to ‘Godin Artisan ST II recorded on solar power in a caravan’, to simply ‘lime green guitar.’ The roster of musicians and their various tools and instruments has been documented on the vinyl edition’s printed inner sleeve, and reads like a cross between a tech catalogue and a fantasy novel.
Despite the new process undertaken for Hoopsnake, the methodically explorative approach is typical of One Unique Signal as is the feeling of continuity. The group’s Nick Keech explains “From the very beginning, the Signal mythos has been repetition.” Fellow band member Byron Jackson continues “The LP destroys itself, reflects upon the destruction, and is finally recreated, ready to repeat the process again." Along with fellow member Daniel Davis, the trio also perform as a part of space rock legends The Telescopes.
Side one is an intense angular affair, from the menacing sonic assault of “HSO1” which engulfs you in a whirlwind of fuzz, effects and inaudible vocals through to the glitched-out ethereal noise of “HSO2”. Side two has a much more atmospheric feel with its psychedelic guitars, washes of reverb and blissfully looming synths sending you into a dream-like state.