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Walrus Noise Wall: s/t

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Artist: Walrus Noise Wall
Title: s/t
Format: 3" Mini CD
Label: Inner Demons Records
Rated: * * * * *
I had previously reviewed WNW (Wonky Noise Wall that time) and enjoyed it. I like some variety in my noise, so some of the noise wall stuff doesn't quite work for me. This, however, is different from Fox's This Is What I Hear When You Talk, which is much more static. Plus, you really have to love that he doesn't take himself too seriously with a name like Walrus Noise Wall. Perhaps he needed to inject some humor into his music as a counterpoint to his recent spate of furious TIWIHWYT releases. With some idea of what we're in for, let's get into it.

All I can say about the first disc is "Holy Analog-O-Rama, Batman!" "Boat" warbles and pounds its way through the track with a ton of repetitive pulsing throughout. But like the other WNW project I reviewed a while back, this one changes over time, shifting little by little. Suddenly it all stops cold.

On to "Dicks," which is like a bunch of people hammering in a corrugated drainage pipe as people run bandsaws and various shortwave radios in the background. If you like it noisy, this is one for you.

What makes this set work is that it all functions like a wheel that is just slightly out of true. As it keeps turning, it becomes increasingly off-balance. It never quite falls apart, but it keeps shifting and changing. Both discs weigh in at 20 minutes each and are as much fun as the titles suggest. This is a nice addition that sits well next to Wonky Noise Wall in the collection. I'll look forward to the next W in the series.


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