If you want to find music that’s oddball for the holiday season, I have the perfect suggestion for you. It’s called Helter Skelter: A Noise Tribute To Charles Manson, a cassette only project featuring such artists as Overdose The Katatonic, Botched Facelift, Rape-X, Jason “Evil” Covelli, Forbidden COlors, Demonologists, Gnawed, and more over two sides of a cassette with 22 songs total. You may order your copy by clicking here.
GX Jupitter Larsen has released a new record, this time an orange vinyl 10″ EP called Pump-Powered Permawave on the Oxen label. Shipped last week and making it to buyers last and this week, it’s a new set of noise for those who enjoy istening to it. For this record, only 200 copies have been made and it features four tracks, two of which are locked grooves, which means it’s a bit of vinyl play for those who enjoy playing your records with trickery. The record is $9ppd each within the U.S., and you may order it directly from Oxen.
The title of this new album by Forward is appropriate, telling the story of what you will hear on Infinite Momentum, Infinite Tension. It’s 40 minutes of solid noise, one 20 minute track called “Momentum” and another 20 minute dose called “Tension”, and they may sound endless if you allow it to (or choose to listen to it that way). It goes on and on and on, there isn’t a true beginning or end, it’s nothing but middle noise. If you wish, you can also purchase the album on cassette. Not bad for a project that was created from nothing but analog synthesizers and a broken mixer.
A collection of punk, hardcore, and grindcore bands from the midwest assembled during a very cold season last year and came up with a set of songs they agreed to release as a 7″ single. It’s simply called the Bitter Cold Compilation. The record can be ordered from Diseased Audio while the digital files are through Bandcamp above. If you want your songs fast, loud, raunchy, quick and to the point, you’ll love these songs.
Looking for another blast of harsh noise wall? You may want to hear a new EP by Milwaukie, Oregon’s SBTDOH. This one is called NUMB #002, a two song EP with “one” and “two” and packed with extremely loud noise and distortion. The cassette pressing is packaged in a plastic baggy. Only 10 copies are being made. For more information on/about SABTDOH, head to his blog.
A festival of noise can and will be achieved in this new 3-track EP by To The Lovers, Farewell. It’s a new release on Red Venice Records called Slice Up Not Across, and this one is just nothing but feedback twisted in different ways.
Here’s something that’s interesting, peculiar, if not a bit on the “WTF?” side of things. Thickly Painted Walls could be the creation of a band or one man, but it sounds like someone picked up a guitar, didn’t bother to tune it and just made songs from his head. There’s something quite good in it, even when he goes off into an experimental tangent. It’s a four-song EP called Pen 15, maybe next time he’ll do a 15-song EP, each one being four seconds each. Check out other Thickly Painted Walls projects on the official Bandcamp page.
The Axiom Of Post Inhumanity (Relapse) is the latest album by Brutal Truth and from it is “Control Room”, but in this case it’s a new remix of the song where things are extended to a drone-ridden 24 minute take. This is what would be called the endurance dance, but you may get into this completely.
Cups Glasses And Tanks (Aut) is a new collaboration between Nicola Guazzaloca, Pablo Montagne, and Giacomo Mongelli, with Guazzaloca playing jazz while Montagne and Mongelli performing in a number of different classical configurations. The album is very much on the avant-garde side and while there are jazz central points, at the moments one would think they’re about to stay locked in something nice, they all go off into another world. I think what makes this work is that even when I was secure in being comfortable with what I’m hearing, they didn’t stay there that long, leading into something more mysterious. There were moments in Montagne when he plucked a certain string to scratch it, and it reminded me of Okkyung Lee. Then again, it may have been Guazzaloca scratching the piano strings. The music here is evenly beautiful and clustered, it’s easy to get in the middle and watch it from the outside while inside.
If you were to purchase Patchworks Voices’ Puzzling (Aut) and were hoping for an incredible musical jam, it could lead to you digging your brain matter out through your ears. The “Voices” in question are Claudia Cervenca and Annette Giesriegl, who use nothing but their voices and electronics to create very interesting sound pieces and collages, which consists of them collaborating verbally and not verbally. In a track like “_ne”, it sounds like infants speaking with the mind capacity of adults, with nothing but gibberish that’s loud and delicate, as if they’ve found each other in the dirt and want to discover more things underground. One could also interpret this as the origins of human communication in the world, or someone may very well say “what the hell is going on here?”
The entire album is like that too, and part of the puzzle involved is trying to figure out what the missing letter is in the song titles: “_en”, “_wo”, “_ur”, and “_ree” as examples. They could be numerical, they could be meaningless, but the interesting thing about listening to this is that it sounds like sitting into a conversation at the park and not being involved, just listening and trying to get a joy out of what is being said, or made. As for the spontaneity, you can say they would be along the lines of Pauline Oliveros, Yoko Ono, Meredith Monk, and Joëlle Léandre, so if you are fans of their work, you are sure to find Puzzling to be a world, you’ll want to revisit many times in the near future.