Ryan Bernardo, aka Hounds, is seemingly on a mission to recreate Giovanni Piranesi's Imaginary Prisons in terrifying digital form. Following the Soundcloud release of 'Transfiguration', 'Faust (Nascence)' arrives on Bandcamp with more menace than is really appropriate for a Wednesday afternoon.
However, its tendrils stretch wide and claim ear drums with scant regard for propriety. This one really, really builds, fusing snatches of melody with oceans of electronic paranoia and harsh abrasion. It's an unsettling Nine Inch Nails / Gazelle Twin / Tim Hecker / HR Giger hybrid, and I can't seem to turn it off.