total life - bender_drifter (album preview) by Experimedia published on 2013/04/05 00:33:29 +0000 *Excerpts from the album. Available from Experimedia.net.* *Limited white vinyl.* With Growing on indefinite hiatus Kevin Doria has returned with his new primary project Total Life. Bender/Drifter is made up of two sidelong tracks exploring minimal modulation changes and processes on lofty walls of roaring drone. This verticality of composition owes something to Matthew Bower's sculptural fuzz techniques, though long time fans will recognize the minimalistic tones as echoing some early Growing tracks like Anaheim II. Each side of the record anchors the other, with the deep bass assault of "Bender" proving the lift-off point for the sonic saw that is "Drifter." While the A-Side infiltrates the listener, the B-Side sets him/her free. Doria's music has always had a visceral edge, but these two meditations up the stakes considerably. Bender/Drifter is like staring at the sun through a thin sheet of overcast. A muted burning glow, stoically unchanging, yet remade by the slowly drifting cloudlines.