By Gareth Watkins
Post-everything artist An Ant and An Atom wrote Entropy to accompany visual artist and activist Lauren Crazybull’s exhibition of the same name, and art from the show is included in a nice little zine that comes along with this, his fifth release.
AA&AA’s previous work runs from Tortoise-at-their-most-obtuse post-post-rock to Ben Frost-ian sheets of noise. At twenty-four minutes Entropy gets to touch, ever so lightly, on both – beginning with the latter and fading out to the former. It never quite let’s you relax enough to be classed as ambient, never quite let’s you sit still in its more peaceful moments before layering in the wind-tunnel distortion. Yeah, that’s going to piss off people who haven’t gotten as post– as the more palatable Mogwai. That’s probably fine for somebody who chooses to make lengthy abstract works to soundtrack art shows. As art on the other hand it succeeds: it feels entropic. Most artists would render the concept with dissonance and abrupt tonal shifts, and there are some here, but what makes Entropy work is that the changes are slow enough for a sense of cosmic scale to develop, and when you’re dealing with a concept as vast as the whole universe’s slide into chaos, that’s the note you should be hitting.An Ant and An Atom, Entropy