Review from Vital Weekly of “THE BEGINNING OF BEGINNINGS”


The one time before we hear of Patrick Kavanagh was in Vital Weekly 968, when JKH reviewed a release of his with Anastasia Mano under the name of Subterranean Death Trap. In the press text
for his latest solo release, he writes he was also a member of Spiney Fleshpot (along with the recently deceased Peter Read) and that he plays around with drummer Louis Burdett. Before that
he was a member of Jaundiced Eye (with John Murphy, also deceased), Dweller On The Threshold, Box The Jesuit and Madroom. His earliest bands were Moist, Leather Moustache and Smack Of Jellyfish. None of the somewhat silly band names mean much to me. His main instruments in his solo work are the piano and a synthesizer, and he has three very long pieces, and two that clock at nine minutes, so perhaps also a bit long already. This album is a bit of a mixed bag, I think. The first three pieces are explorations of the ambient music template, but not so much in the Eno/Budd style. Kavanagh plays freely and without that much reverb added to the mix. He adds something else, and that’s a field recording in a strong collage like manner. People talking, street sounds and a bit of percussion are thrown in and it is all perhaps less ambient and more radiophonic/modern classic, especially the more solemn ‘The Leaves Danced For Wanda’. The best piece was ‘Emergence From The Chrysalis’, in which the piano is pushed back in favour of electronic sounds. And what about the other two, you may ask? ‘Plough’ and ‘Grow’ are pieces for hammered piano sounds, the fast and the furious; maybe Kavanagh calls this is his minimalist composer interest, but I found both pieces very weak and out of place on this album. He could have left both out and have
much a more excellent record that spans fifty minutes, and not half good but full length. (FdW)


Sounds new from near and far

A nice descriptive of one of the tracks off my new album from the good Ian Parsons of ‘The Sound Barrier’ on PBSFM –
“The Beginning of Beginnings is the first solo album to be released by Melbourne’s Patrick Kavanagh, from which we heard the closing track ‘Grow’, with its furious keyboards and synthesised sounds, bursting with energy and drive. It is perhaps a different, and yet far from incompatible, view of what emerges from the rawness and chaos of, as Patrick describes it in the album’s liner notes, ‘mists of times long gone’. In this track the piano pounds away ferociously, unstoppably, while the noisy train of both history and the future chugs along throughout it all. It is perhaps a reminder that once something has begun, it always leads to a journey you just cannot avoid taking.”
-The playlist and audio for the show are available on the website for you to listen back to and check out the recording details.

Review of latest Subterranean Death Trap album ‘Hypnotics’ on Vital Weekly

Here is a lovely review of our latest offering from the nice people at Vital Weekly –

“Hypnotics is a double CD created by Subterranean Death Trap. The electronic improvisation project is run by Patrick Kavanagh in cooperation with Anastasia Mano, who is responsible for the beautiful vocals. He is also playing in X-E-S with Louis Burdett and Anastasia Mano as well. The album is released by Killerscar. The first CD has the subtitle “Operating Heavy Machinery” and really that is true. The electronic sounds and beats are strong and dark in combination with some fresh sound sources. The track “Influence” has a stunning ongoing beat, with pulsing bass and ongoing sounds. A melody on piano at the end of the track completes this trippy track. The trip is completely over when the following noisy track “Gilt” starts. And again a spacy track begins. These tracks are really great with a lot of layers. Some tracks are more dark-ambient in combination with some bird-twitters and a suggestion of traditional instruments from India. The last track is a beautiful end of an adventurous CD. The track “Thinking” has a nice combination of fragile voices, an ongoing electronic drone and incoming and out fading noises. Just like when you think, a thought is coming up and is fading away by other thoughts. The second CD has the subtitle “More Symptoms & Side Effects” is more experimental. The track “Maia” lasts 16 minutes and is a great composition of electronics and electronic beats. The beats have a wide range of sounds. Other tracks are a fine combination of metal influences, free-jazz, great electronic sounds, noises and field-recordings. All these ingredients result in a huge diversity in sound. All tracks are well composed and a create different atmospheres. The second CD shows the musical possibilities of Patrick Kavanagh and he knows how to use them. This double CD is highly recommended for people who like dark electronic music.” – Jan-Kees Helms (JKH)

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