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  • Summary: The first new full-length solo release for the Carter Tutti/Throbbing Gristle artist in 17 years was influenced in part by the death of Throbbing Gristle's Peter Christopherson, British folk music and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.
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  1. Mar 19, 2018
    80
    Chemistry Lessons Volume 1 is a record that offers an overture of the history of electronic music, something that Carter has helped shape. In this instance the artist explores all the different aspects of this sound, presenting an overarching work and condensing these in short forms. The process works perfectly and the movements from the dark, minimal realm of "Ars Vetus" all the way to the dance moments of the opening track, via the noir-esque labyrinth of "Modularity" and the sci-fi induced movements of "Lab Test", does not seize to amaze.
  2. Uncut
    Mar 19, 2018
    80
    Their elastic moods are endlessly absorbing, typified by the almost weightless "Cernubicua" and the grinding, Malevolent buzz of "Inkstain." [May 2018, p.27]
  3. May 21, 2018
    80
    The album doesn’t feel like a compilation though and works well as a whole, even though it covers a lot of ground.
  4. Q Magazine
    Mar 19, 2018
    80
    An atmospheric masterclass. [May 2018, p.104]
  5. Apr 5, 2018
    80
    Layered and smeared and cut up into melodies, the vocals chant and enchant, and at times it’s difficult to tell what’s what. ... For a little over an hour, the past and future spin, dissolving in fields full of chatterboxes. It’s a world not unlike the present one.
  6. The Wire
    Apr 5, 2018
    80
    Carter has created a complete work that simultaneously looks back over its shoulder and glares straight into the eye of the future. [Apr 2018, p.50]
  7. Mar 19, 2018
    60
    It’s all fine enough, but doesn’t leave much of a lasting impression.

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