Ian Holloway’s wonderful online experimental music review Wonderful Wooden Reasons has a new review of Ustrina in its latest online edition:
At almost 70 minutes in length Ustrina from Scots dronist Lavelle is a significant investment of time and focus on both the part of the composer and the listener. Lavelle operates predominantly in the realms of warm and slightly fuzzy drone music. Narcotic tones and washes that gently shroud the audience with a vaguely clammy sense of unease. You’ve got to admit that’s an enticing prospect especially as Lavelle is very, and I do mean very, accomplished at this sort of thing. Like a darker version of Chalk & Heeman’s Mirror project, Ustrina is one of the best things I’ve heard from this side of Lavelle (the other side specialises in superbly forceful psychedelic cosmic-drone) and should be sought out without delay.