Feather Ghetto Movers – F.G.M., Portable Noise Kremator – Moeilijk Doen (Knife in the Toaster, 2010)

Posted in Feather Ghetto Movers, Knife in the Toaster, Portable Noise Kremator by HOLIDAYS on July 29, 2010

Feather Ghetto Movers – F.G.M.

I think most listeners would be in the same position I’m in- “Feather Ghetto Movers”? What does that even mean? Either way, it didn’t stop me from putting this one in the deck, and even enjoying it.

F.G.M. puts forth some extremely sporadic concrete noise, which becomes immediately apparent on the first side. It’s loud, distorted, and completely jumbled up into little rhythms to complete chaos. While entertaining for the first few minutes or so, it does get awfully repetitive and less interesting as the rest of the side continues on. BUT, the second side redeems the tape well, delivering the same concrete style, but using far more interesting bits of sound, ranging from distorted messes to some fuzzed out guitar. You hear many of the same samples over and over again, but it’s the arrangement that keeps my ear interested.

It’s a bit tough to decipher what the image presented on the j-card actually is, as it’s just a xerox on thin computer paper, but whatever it is, it’s certainly something worth studying for a moment or two. Seems they had more to say on the inside, but it’s falls short in visibility due to the xerox. The tape itself is a recycled one, but it still sounds great and matched the length well. I can’t call this one a priority- probably worth a trade or bargain unless you really dig chaotic concrete noise.

Portable Noise Kremator – Moeilijk Doen

PNK is a noise artist from Belgium who seems to have been around for a few years, but Moeilijk Doen is my first taste. The english translation of “Moeilijk Doen” is “hard to do”, but the actual significance of this is beyond me.

I used to have a roommate in college who often poked fun at the music I’d listen to, describing it as “internet noise”. “Are you connected to the internet?” he’d often asked, and for the first time, he may be right. There’s decent chunk of the first side of this tape that literally sounds like someone having a conversation with their 56k modem. Thankfully, it doesn’t last long, as the rest of the tape turns into a slowly yet constantly morphing beast, going from slow churns, to rough rhythms and synth chirps, ending with a dreaming synth air raid.

The second side begins much like the first, and it’s here that what I’m hearing becomes more decipherable, as it’s not connecting to the internet, but it’s close! More like a cellphone too close to a TV. The sound is completely annoying and we’ve all heard it before. Wait, and what’s this? Yep, didn’t notice it off the bat, but sure enough, it’s the same as the first side. Despite the track listings giving A and B, it’s all jam packed on either side of the tape. Did I notice it at first? Not immediately, but it didn’t take long. So what does it mean for me? Well, either the first side was really, really good and I just enjoyed going through it again, or there was nothing genuinely memorable within, outside of the annoying modem/cellphone/TV sequence in the beginning.

The packaging follows what seems to be Knife in the Toasters usual- thin xerox. The tape itself is a recycled C34, but just as the other, it still sounds good. The artwork is beyond me, showing just a series of X’s and numbers that I can only assume have some value, but to me, they mean very little. There doesn’t seem to be too much offered here with this one, and I’d say it’s passable.


Holographic Beast – Perpetual Filth (2009, Know/Care)

Posted in Holographic Beast, Know/Care by HOLIDAYS on July 27, 2010

Starting off rather spacey and ambient, this debut release may comes immediately off rather tame and dreamy within the first few seconds like a call of sirens, but quickly pulls you into a two-faced journey of comfort and hostility. Perpetual Filth is a release to be reckoned with, presenting 40 minutes of juxtaposed styles, going back and forth numerous times before concluding so elegantly, making the entire listen well worth the time spent.

Rarely is filth so wonderfully matched up with blissful, memorable moments of softly handed sounds, as it rears its impeccable nature of tortured spurts of blunt desperation and fierce sounds, lending to best quality of this release- a wonderful array of sounds that can cater to most any fan of the noise genre.

Holographic Beast has initiated themselves wonderfully in the genre with a very presentable tape featuring great labels and very pro, glossy j-card. Limited to 100 copies, Perpetual Filth has been available for quite some time, and is still very well accessible and recommended for any fan under the rather large noise umbrella, as there’s plenty of sounds to appreciate. Future rotations are certainly in the forecast as well.

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Remnants – Skeptics, Santorum – Santorum I (Imminent Frequencies, 2010)

Posted in Imminent Frequencies, Remnants, Santorum by HOLIDAYS on July 16, 2010

Being my first exposure to both artists, as well as the label, I’ve found a nice soft spot for all fifty minutes worth of music that both of these releases encompass.

Remnants – Skeptics

Cutting right to the chase, Skeptics is a bit hard to put your thumb on an overall sound and feeling for the release when contrasting either side. The first side is warm but rather dreary. It’s not too dark, but certainly not a bright, feel good sound. Overall, it’s rather melancholy with slow moving synth drones that throb around and through one another. The second side takes a rather different sound, starting off very distorted and somewhat abrasive while some brighter synth sounds slowly break through, until a mash of fluttering sounds fully penetrate and then subside once again.

Both sides show different sounds, but in my ears, they both maintain a certain melancholy feel, which I think lends itself as a great quality to the release. The artwork is interesting, looking like astral charts or something of the sort.

Santorum – Santorum I

While Skeptics runs at an appreciative 30 minutes total, for my ears, Santorum I is nothing but criminally short 20 minutes. Just as you could expect from the artwork, which features dark image of a woman just standing on some stairs, the music is dark and lonely, promoting feelings of gloom and uncertainty. The first side may be the gloomiest of the two. It’s like a slow churn through an tenebrous passage to which there’s no expiration aside from the physical end of the tape.

The second side isn’t as gloomy as its predecessor, but it doesn’t come as much of a revival in feelings, as it’s more of a slow drift, sounding rather dismal, and once again, melancholy. Overall, it creates a wonderful conclusion for once again, criminally short tape. I suppose it may be a good thing, because I’ll certainly be looking forward to Santorum II.

Both of these tapes were a bit low-spirited in sound, but done so well. It’s certainly lonely music for lonely people. Essential late night drive or reclusive tunes that are worthy of many listens in the future, as well as anticipation for future sounds from both artists, and label.

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A.R.GH – Abuse (Prime Unit, 2010)

Posted in A.R.GH, Prime Unit by HOLIDAYS on July 16, 2010

Abuse was a bit tough at first, just as the title would promote. It wasn’t until the second listen that I perked up a bit to what I was hearing, and found an appreciation for it. First and foremost, this is definitely a NOISE release. While it’s a no brainer, I emphasize it because while first listening to it, all I could think of was a Merzbow documentary/videozine entry I had seen where Masami Akita described his first ventures into noise- simply making music he suspected no one would want to listen to. Based in Santiago, Chile, A.R.GH (moniker of Andres Rojas) has been around since 2005, presenting only one other entry prior to Abuse, his first physical release.

Said to have been recorded with a minimal setup, it shows through the sound on both sides, sounding rather thin; a sound that often goes back and forth from irritating feedback, to loud, genuine distorted noise, but still shining through with enough dynamism to keep the release interesting enough to move forward. My first listen seemed rather enduring (probably where I get words like ‘irritating’ from), but was the second time around that I found an appreciation, mostly through the sounds simplicity, and irritation. I felt as if it put me back in a place I hadn’t been in awhile, almost as if I were listening to it without ears trained for noise once again, which was a surprisingly good feeling.

Abuse makes its mark as a good back-t0-basics noise release. It’s simple, and just as noise was intended to be presented by Merzbow- it’s certainly music that many people would not want to hear- but not here. The only real bone I feel I have to pick with release is the length. I took my second listen one side at a time, and it was within those sessions that I was able to better orient my mind in regards to how I felt about the release. On a much more positive note, the packaging for this release is pretty impressive. While I enjoy alternative packaging for cassettes, the more professional presentation goes a very long way as well. The artwork (by Francisco Rivera) is quite peculiar and certainly gives you something to look at through the 40 minute duration of the tape.

As I’m writing this, all the copies (a very small edition of 20) have been spoken for, but I believe it’s the releases to come that should be given attention. While Abuse stands well as an entry level, I’d say Andres has a decent foundation to build upon.

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Posted in Uncategorized by HOLIDAYS on July 15, 2010

Things have been slow here recently due to a rather lengthy moving process. Reviews should start flowing in steadily in the next day or so. Sorry to those who have submitted recently and haven’t seen any words yet. Shouldn’t be long now…