Posts tagged ‘new weird’

April 18, 2010

Locrian – Territories

Locrian - Territories[lp At War With False Noise/Basses frequences/Bloodlust!/Small Doses]
In recent interviews, the main men behind Locrian declare a penchant for an almost naturalist pessimism, although theirs is more down-to-earth, rational, than all the Tolkien-associated platitudes one usually finds in metal. Still, as humans do, they try to find some beauty in the sorrow that is the result of nature’s brutal indifference. The cover of the album is evocative of the cosmic parameters within which humankind’s existence is but a flicker of a candle. The music within attempts to reconstruct the despondency in sound by seeking a middle course between noise and metal. “Territories” is the latest monument of Locrian’s artistic gesture.

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April 18, 2010

Coconuts – s/t [cd No Quarter]

CoconutsSilver Lights, the first track of this album, with its weary incantations against the backdrop of dull bass sounds and the shrill and delay of the guitar is the more reverberating simulacrum of a Mouthus track from three years or so ago (to be more precise, Your Far Church of their excellent Saw A Halo album). Coconuts deals in haunting, sluggish sounds. Characteristic throughout the record is the delayed buzz guitar, effectuating a rather icy acoustics. Coconuts could indeed be considered a Cocteau Twins for capital N noise aficionados, minus the drum-machine (although you might imagine Robin Guthrie fashioning the noise himself in a parallel world). Daniel Mitha’s drumming, close in style in fact to Mouthus’ Nate Nelson, is even sparser than Moe Tucker on the traps.

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April 13, 2010

Big Drum in the Sky Religion & Aural Resuscitation Unit – I Hear Drums, I Hear Voices

BDSR - I Hear Drums I Hear Voices[cd-r Dubuque Strange Music Society]
What’s with all the religious or quasi-religious affectation these days in underground circles? If there were any residue of a punk attitude, a sacrilegious secularity, amongst the current crop of anti-establishment noisicians, then it is not so much an anti-religious sentiment as total indifference bordering on autism. Rather than an object of derision, religion or at least the pretence of religion then becomes the last resort of resistance.

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