May 28, 2011

☼ Roel Meelkop – Grey Mass / Grey Matter 2x3''EP

Roel Meelkop studied visual arts and art theory at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. During a post-graduate course at the same academy he decided to dedicate his work to sound and music. His musical activities date back to the early eighties when he started THU20, together with Jac van Bussel, Peter Duimelinks, Jos Smolders and Guido Doesborg. This period was crucial in forming Meelkop's ideas and concepts about sound and how to organize it, but it was not until the mid nineties that he was able to fully realize these ideas. The purchase of a sampler and later a computer radically changed his possibilities of working with sound, offering infinitely more control and freedom. Since then he has worked steadily on a body of work, most of which was received enthusiastically in the small but dedicated world of sound art. His other activities include working with Kapotte Muziek and GOEM, together with Frans de Waard and Peter Duimelinks, and organizing sound events, mostly in Rotterdam. Aside from producing releases for various labels, Meelkop also creates site-specific sound installations and performance pieces in collaboration with other artists. Although in the last couple of years, Meelkop has focussed on composing solo works such as this release offered here.
The cuts on “Grey Mass / Grey Matter” were all conceived as single tracks (except one) and were composed with quite some time intervals inbetween. Now they converge on this release as if they have always belonged together. In a sense, that is certainly the case, because the essence of these tracks lies in their concrete origins: all sound material is based on recorded sounds. No electronic sounds whatsoever were added. As if in some mysterious way this can be perceived and it should indeed be noted. Or maybe it should just be enjoyed?.
Limited to 100 pieces.

Release Year(s): 2010
Artist(s) Country: Holland
Label(s): 1000füssler

Track Listing:
1-01. Grey Mass (4:09)
1-02. Grey Mass (3:56)
1-03. Grey Mass (13:13)
2-01. Grey Matter (8:34)
2-02. Grey Matter (4:48)
2-03. Grey Matter (7:56)

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☼ Hair Police - Constantly Terrified

Hair Police formed January 2001 in Lexington, KY. The original line-up included Matt Minter and Ross Compton, but the group soon settled on Mike Connelly (guitar, vocals, tapes, noise), Robert Beatty (electronics), and Trevor Tremaine (drums, vocals, tapes). Working with traditional rock instrumentation as well as electronics, tape manipulation, and oscillators, Hair Police builds demonic walls of sound for a result reminiscent of Throbbing Gristle, early Black Dice, and Wolf Eyes. (no surprise there!)

Release Year(s): 2005
Artist(s) Country: USA
Label(s): Troubleman Unlimited

Track Listing:
01. Rattlers Echo (10:25)
02. The Haunting (6:40)
03. My Skull Is My Face (8:12)
04. Constantly Terrified (13:36)

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May 27, 2011

☼ Bereft / Fire In The Head – MA/PE/FU Volume I split-LP

Fire In The Head was the power electronics project of ex-NYC punk Michael Page. PE is a pretty expansive genre, and F/I/T/H generally works in the harsher end. This split, though, tends to rest in a darker, death industrial realm before bringing in the harshness. All the normal industrial sounds are here (boiler room drums, clanging metal pipes, Full Metal Jacket samples, etc), but their arrangement is less than typical. What starts out sounding like normal Einsturzende Neubauten factory maintenance slowly turns into a foundry run amok. Low, growling synths and noise grow oppressive and all consuming. This workplace disaster doesn’t last for too long, but the buzzing electronics that follow help keep your mind off of your fallen co-workers and lava filled lunchbox. We’re treated to slowly oscillating buzzy rumbles with scratchy, distorted vocals on top. The next section has the Full Metal Jacket samples. R. Lee Ermey quotes get looped (“You will be faithful”) with vocals on top (“My right, your wrong”). The album hits a slow droning bit before hitting some rough, static filled electronics. Let that rock for a minute or so and then the album side ends. All in all, very enjoyable. This is the last release from F/I/T/H, and is one fifteen minute track. Technically, the release lists five tracks, but it seems those are just the source material for the single-track (or 'mash-up' if you will) as a couple of the listed tracks are on other releases in a much longer presentation.
Bereft is a two piece consisting of Peter Lee (Force of Nature label) and Andy Grant (The Vomit Arsonist). Peter, like Mike above, has a background in hardcore. Like many power electronics acts, Bereft have very political lyrics. What kind of hardcore guy would ditch his beliefs just because he switched genres? Bereft’s side is two tracks, both about seven minutes. The first, “You Don’t Represent Me” is comprised of low, distorted synthy drones, booming boiler room drums, and angry vocals and shrieky feedback. It’s uncomfortable and angry…everything you want! The second track, “I Will Not Assimilate” is more of the same, maybe with a little more focus on the synth drone and pedal work. These tracks would make for a great live PE set!
All in all, this is a solid power electronics release from two great acts. The packaging is superb as well. I can’t wait until Volume 2!
This release was limited to 300 pieces.

Год: 2011
Страна: USA
Лейбл: Existence Establishment

01. Bereft: You Don’t Represent Me (7:32)
02. Bereft: I Will Not Assimilate (7:08)
03. Fire In The Head: Mundus Vult Decipi (15:23)
— i.) The Great Deceiver
— ii.) In His Garden
— iii.) My Right, You’re Wrong
— iv.) Remove the Gauze
— v.) Sodom Eyes

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