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White Load: Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV

 Posted by J Simpson (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 17 2012
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Artist: White Load
Title: Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV
Format: 12"
Label: Load Records
Distributor: Carrot Top Distribution
Rated: *****
White Load run the gamut from Black Flag to Big Black; Minor Threat to The Melvins - a event horizon of hardcore, condensed and delivered like a blow to the sternum. Listening to Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV is like having a load of gravel poured down yr ear canal; it is like remembering a blackout. Twelve inches, twenty minutes, twenty-five songs, this manic outburst from this Providence, RI trio will push all the right buttons for those that prefer the original Iggy Pop mix of Raw Power, to those that like to listen to chopped & screwed Cypress Hill remixes. For those that like their rock dirty, drug-addled and rude, this will make yr summer.
The two sides of Wayne's World III & Godfather IV are interchangeable - the guitars churn along like a piranha tank at feeding time, the vocals gibber unintelligbly, there's hardly even a break between songs, just a frantic '1234' click of the sticks, White Load stick to the Ramone's school of Blitzkrieg bop, the songs so fast and blaring they border on grindcore but sounds like classic Punk Rock or Hardcore, catchy rhythm guitar, powerful pounding percussion, chanting vocals that sneer and snarl. The classic formulae are smeared with a viscous layer of fuzz, distant-sounding and captured in a hurry; it sounds like it was recorded live, and if that be the case, this band must be a force of nature in concert. Beneath the dirt and grit and don't-give-a fuck -sarcasm, though, you can tell this band clearly DOES give a fuck; beneath the oil-slick swims a very tight and focused musical leviathan - there's enough drum breaks, guitar fills, build-ups and breakdowns to show that this band has practiced A LOT, and that kind of dedication is what makes or breaks a recording, even of dirty garage punk.
Its refreshing to come across a slab of authentic, demented rock 'n roll with the murky production style making Wayne's World III b/w Godfather IV seem mysterious and intriguing, something to be re-visited and re-evaluated. It comes across like a legitimate lo-fi punk record from the mid '80s, the kind of thing you'd find at the flea market for .50 cents five years ago. It is unpretentious and the music speaks for itself, these 25 tracks become like a sugar dependency - once you've tasted a little, you'll keep coming back for more. This record makes me want to drive really, really fast - and possibly cook meat. It's a true work of art.

K.: There's a Devil Waiting Outside your Door

 Posted by Vito Camarretta (@)   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 13 2012
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Artist: K.
Title: There's a Devil Waiting Outside your Door
Format: CD
Label: Ur Muzik (@)
Rated: *****
I'm pretty sure after reading the title of this release by the mysterious Polish producer K., who puts in an appearance on a number of different compilations and on the occasion of the issue of a mini CD on a Chinese label, most of readers who have some confidence with Nick Cave's songs could have striken up by murmuring "How much longer?" according to the notorious lyrics of "Loverman". There could be some conceptual link with that song, but K.'s music is remarkably different and somewhat more visionary. In the attempt of making any filing easier, Ur Muzik mentions Bohren und der Club of Gore and Heroin and Your Veins (even if I think a comparison with Janne Perttula's project sounds more reasonable than the one with that German band), but while listening the 11 untitled tracks (maybe to give the freedom of choicing titles to the listeners on the basis of their mental movie), other cells of the musical memory could be activated since its beginning, whose first moments could recall the mood of some jazzy contemporary stuff such Ian Simmonds, Xploding Plastix, The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation or Angelo Badalamenti's scoring for Twin Peaks even if K. avoids overloading any tune with too many frills or preciosities, so that its sound results somewhat austere and pithy, but sonically impressive and magnetic. You could experience the feeling of having a thoughtful cigarette with Sam Spade or other tobacco-addicted Bogie's character during a break from investigations (particularly on 7th track which starts with the sound of someone who strikes a match), breathing heavy fug in a labyrinth of muddy streets of some ill-famed district in search of clues related to an unsolved homicide case, walking arm in arm with a femme fatale who whispers her plan to kill her rich husband in your ear or snapping your fingers white getting entartained by a swinging dwarf getting out of some red silk curtain adorning the walls of some lodge. K.'s music so seducing that listener cannot make devil wait outside door for a long time. Be polite!

El Torpe: Movin’ On

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 10 2012
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Artist: El Torpe (@)
Title: Movin’ On
Format: CD
Label: No.Mad Records (@)
Rated: *****
I had never heard of this 'electronic blues' project, but the artist explains the album thus: 'Movin' On is a title that carries all of the blues' ambiguity. One day it sounds like an enthusiastic exhortation, the next it has the bitter taste of disillusionment.' With covers of such luminaries as Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy (and an interesting rendition of Sixteen Tons, which is one of my favorites), El Torpe pays tribute to some jazz greats while still making the tracks his own. Only the first track is his own creation. The instrumentation is spare, with atmosphere and heavy percussion, but this helps draw attention to the voice'which is almost always the hallmark of a good blues musician. On the other hand, the songs start to sound a little repetitive. However, this was an interesting disc and I think this would be great live. Think of this as experimental blues. This album weighs in at around 36 minutes and mine came in a cool recycled handmade package sewn together. The disc is limited to 300 copies, so get it now for your favorite blues aficionado.

Wold: Badb

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 10 2012
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Artist: Wold (@)
Title: Badb
Format: CD
Label: Crucial Blast (@)
The last thing I reviewed from Crucial Blast was the amazing Theologian CD, so I was interested to see what this one would be like. The label describes it thus in one incredibly long sentence: 'The nine tracks featured here revolve around the mythology of the war goddess, the spectre of doom that lurks at the edge of the battlefield, and begins at the heart of a roiling black blizzard and proceeds through a charred nightmare soundscape of icy corroded black metal riffs, fractured blasting, melancholic melodies blurred and smeared into malevolent new shapes, and scathing distorted witch-screams ripping through the blackness, all doused and drowned in Merzbowian levels of feedback and distortion abuse.' This is some heavily distorted screamo metal. I'm not sure how the vocalist can even speak now. Keep in mind that I also listen to noise and some Power Electronics stuff, so it's not like screaming and distortion are foreign to me. The grinding guitars are pretty good and there are some decent noisy soundscapes interspersed, but this was really not my cup of tea. However, since there is no accounting for taste, I gave it to one of my graduate students who plays bass in a metal band for a second opinion to see what he thought. He also wasn't too into it, so maybe it isn't just me. Your mileage may vary. This album weighs in at around 29 minutes.

Yannick Franck: Memorabilia

 Posted by eskaton   Experimental / Avantgarde / Weird & Wired / Glitch / Noise / Field Recording
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Apr 10 2012
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Artist: Yannick Franck (@)
Title: Memorabilia
Format: CD
Label: Silken Tofu (@)
Rated: *****
I had not heard of Yannick Franck and there did not seem to be any information accompanying the disc, so I was left with only two things ' the music and the label. Silken Tofu had put out such luminaries as Anemone Tube, so it was a good gamble. As for the music itself, this is pretty interesting soundscape. There is a lot of heavy droning and noises built into the music, but it shifts a lot and makes use of a considerable amount of silence to break things up. Plus, Franck mixes it up a bit with sound source. For example, 'Helsingin Subterranean' sounds like there are birdsongs incorporated into the music. 'Self Loading Defeat' features some spoken word layered over the drone. The artwork is nice, but only 6 of the 7 tracks are mentioned by name in the liner notes. Overall, this is a pretty pleasant listen. The disc is limited to 500 copies, so if this all sounds good, you'll want to pick this up. This album weighs in at around 38 minutes.


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