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Justin K. Broadrick's Pale Sketcher alias fuses the Godflesh / Jesu founder's longstanding obsessions, fusing metal-grade emotional heft to ambient-tinged electronic excursions. On the Seventh Heaven EP, Broadrick follows up his 2010 debut, Pale Sketches: Demixed, with yet another stylistic shift, deepening and coloring the Pale Sketcher sound in ways that have only been hinted at previously.

From the opening strains of "Seventh Heaven" - a grid of repeating, micro-sampled melodic noise and vocals buttressed by a dancefloor-ready beat - it becomes that Broadrick is growing as a producer, and Pale Sketcher is reaping the rewards. The slow-motion dronescapes of Demixed have given way to a positively light-on-its feet rhythmic sense and a Seefeel-esque attention to textural detail. "The Rainy Season" furthers the theme, draping shoegazing guitar filigree over a grimy breakbeat and an achingly lovely vocoded melody. King Midas Sound (aka UKs The Bug, Broadrick's sometime-collaborator in duo Techno Animal) remixes Demixed's "Wash It All Away" into a doomy alternate-universe Portishead single, pitch-shifting Broadricks vocals into a feminine quaver and frying the low end to a crisp. The EP's final two tracksthe snowy ambient static of "Resonanz Therapy Music" and the head-nodding lullabye of "Drag Your Feet" - both hint at the limitless future of Justin K. Broadrick's Pale Sketcher, one in which beauty and ugliness, sadness and joy intermingle and merge into a different animal altogether.
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