After his well received debut album "Lumbar Fist" (see review sheet), Richard van Kruysdijk returns with his second output under the moniker CUT WORMS. "Cable Mounds" was created in an equally intuïtive manner as his first CD. Again, Van Kruysdijk used an array of ingeniously cross-connected effects to manipulate simple electronic sources, mainly a monophonic synth and a circuit-bent Omnichord, and some Baritone Guitar. He builds his compositions improvising from scratch without any prefab sounds, beats or loops and recording them straight to 2-track in his studio without any overdubs. Although CUT WORMS' sound palette often tends towards the lower frequencies, it's dark sounds rather present a more open, pastoral quality, reminiscent of Krautrock works by Cluster or Harmonia, than the opaque atmospheres usually evoked by most dark ambient acts, while easily steering free of any hollow new-age babble.