If you are to read the album credits on the back, all you would see is Silent People consisting of two people: Gianpaolo Camplese on drums and Stefano Meucci on electronics but with that said, what exactly would that entail? By saying this is on Aut Record,s you would know this is anything but tame or calm. It’s true, this music here is anything but calm but adventurous? Very much.
Silent People’s self-titled album goes in a number of places, beginning their album with a song (“Hydraulic Fracturing”) that sounds very close to Medeski, Martin & Wood’s “We Are Rolling” from their album The Dropper. Then as the album goes, I wasn’t sure if it was free jazz, basement trip hop in the vein of Antipop Consortium or some kind of Madlib side project but it’s a nice blend of the mellow to the insecure, with the listener being insecure as to where the music is going but harmonious at the most unpredictable moments. The label calls what they do electro-acoustic but even if you know what is behind that definition, it still doesn’t sound what you assume it could be and for me, that’s what makes it work. It’s a drummer just jamming on the one at times while he may get into some kind of far off playing as an electronics wizard scatters his creativity everywhere. Or it’s the other way around. It’s a nice place to find yourself to be in, if not an audacious place. I would very much like to stay in this neighborhood for awhile.
What does a Sacred Climax sound like, and can a climax be that sacred? By having it or creating it, is it the ultimate conquest of man or woman? If you are into harsh noise wall, power electronics or the experimental in all of its variations, you’ll want to check out this album. Digitally it’s available now but a limited edition cassette pressing will be out on March 10th, with each copy being made with sexually explicit cover art and graphics, that kind of stuff you block your wife or girlfriend from. Or perhaps she’s the one doing the searching, you know your own browser history. Nonetheless, have a sacred climax with Sacred Climax and have deafening fun.
If you know who Tanner Garza is, you may be familiar with his band Black Leather Jesus or some of his solo work. He is now getting into the noisy side of things with his new project, Servant Girl Annihilator. He has a new album available on cassette called Soft White Damn and this one can be purchased in two different ways:
regular cassette tape
deluxe version, which is the tape packaged in an old VHS case that expands the artwork seen on the tape cover, a mini poster, a Lost Light Records patch, and a CD3 (3 inch CD) exclusive to the deluxe edition. You can stream the album below via Bandcamp but in order to hear the CD3, you have to buy the deluxe as it is not being streamed.
This is going to be a trippy album. From Japan, we bring together the band Boris and experimentalist Merzbow. Their new album is called Gensho (Relapse) and will be released as a double CD or a quadruple LP set. On one half of the record you have new material from Boris, doing their harsh style of music with a sense of beauty. On the other half of the record you have Merzbow doing his noisy adventures. What you’re supposed to do is play them together at once.
Sounds weird? Maybe but it sounds very cool. In this case, here is Boris’ “Heavy Rain” and as you will hear, the song is like the full album: percussion-less. You can listen to it as is. You also have “Goloka Pt. 2” by Merzbow, nothing but noise, as he is known for. If you are a noise enthusiast, you may get into this nicely. Now, you play both songs together. That is Gensho, which translates to “phenomenon” so by being involved with this, you are a part of this audio phenomenon.
While a lot of attention is being paid to Portland, there’s more to the weirdness of Oregon than just what is going on in Bridgetown, for you may want to check out what is going on down in the city of Eugene. This is where Juice Machine, a husband/wife electronic experimental/noise duo are from, and they’ve just released an album that they couldn’t decide a title form, so it’s simply called Untitled Album. They make a mess of noise with whatever tools they have available and offer it to those willing to listen, which may be gratifying, satisfying, or maniacally nuts. I say it’s a nice blend of all three. If improvised electronics are your thing, stream and listen to this. Two tracks, one album, and it’s for free but if you’re supportive to the cause, please use the “Name Your Price” option.
From Alabama, although after hearing it, you could say it may be from anywhere imaginable, is a track by FeverHouse called “The Tourist Trap”. If you are a fan of harsh noise wall, this one goes on for 18 minutes, and it is a nice piece of meat that may deafen you or anyone listening within the vicinity. Enter at your own risk.
Insane noise sequences can be explored in a new project by This Is A Formica Table called Fuck Your Gentrification (Easy Listening For The Revolution). It is an EP with eight tracks full of explicit and experimental sounds, you’re able to hear how it is done in Leeds.
If you’re a fan into the creative, unpredictable works of noise artist Tattered Syntax, his complete works has just been compiled on CD. 9 tracks and 50 minutes make up what is Alone Gone, gathering the material made between 2005 and 2009. You’re able to make a purchase directly from the Oxen Label.
If you’re looking for a bit of organlized noise where things may not sound like they belong together (but somehow do), you may want to check out an album by Illusion Of Safety called Surrender. Released two weeks ago, they (it or he, we are still unsure but then again who is “we” considering I’m the only one who runs this site) bring together assorted sounds that merge it together digitally for the sake of wondering how it fits in together. Then again, sometimes not knowing is part of the fun, even if it means something similar to turning the radio dial and getting into something instantly, only deciding to roll down the window to enjoy the outdoors for a few minutes. That’s what Surrender is, to me, about.
Fanaticism are a brand new Australian label that have released three albums as their debut recordings, and not one of them sounds the same. The one I chose to present is from an artist named Yirat HaShem so for those who love harsh noise wall, for a bit of that extreme experimental/avant-garde beauty, you’ll want to check this out. Only two tracks are listed but each run close to half an hour. You can stream it in full but do consider buying it if it suits your fancy.