You may love Pink Floyd beyond compare and perhaps as a fan, you may have heard a few tribute songs or albums or perhaps you, like me, went to a Pink Floyd tribute band concert. Here’s something that goes beyond what you would expect. This is The Pink Floyd Remix Project compiled by the Harsh Noise Movement, a label known for their experimental, avant-garde and hectic noise. In this case, it’s a lot of noise and occasionally throughout these tracks, you’ll hear something melodious. I will say this: the tribute album will not be to everyone’s liking. If you are someone who enjoys music from a very diverse world, you’ll get into this. Stream everything from the Bandcamp page and player above but if you find it to be of interest, do use the “Name Your Price” option.
The Harsh Noise Movement have just released a new project that has to do with their love for The Beatles but not in the way you would expect. HNM are about the experimental/avant-garde side of life, musically and otherwise and this one features different artists manipulating Beatles songs in a number of different ways, from being semi-straightforward to mashing it up beyond recognition. The title is exactly what it is: The Beatles Remix Project but don’t expect simple country or jazzy renditions of your favorites. As it states on the Bandcamp page, this consists of various experimental noise artists take The Beatles songs and turn them into glorious sonic blasts that will give a new dimension to the familiar sounds of the fab four.
The entire project is free to download but definitely use the “Name Your Price” option to show support.
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:
As for Lost Light, they are a label up in Spokane and if you’d like to hear more from them, head to their official Bandcamp page.
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.
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.
It may consist of only six songs but this EP by Nekrasov may be one of the most intense recordings you will hear in 2015. If you have been waiting for something to literally blow your head off of your body, you’ll want to hear this. Some of what they do is death metal but they nicely (read “nicely”) bring in power electronics, noise, and avant-garde into something that may sound confusing at first but it’s nice to wallow in the confusion and allow yourself to figure it out in time.
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.