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Category Archives: Avant-Garde

Skin/World of Skin – Nothing Without You

A terrifying “love” song wrapped in Doom ambient from Swans Gira and Jarboe. Haunting, beautiful, yet petrifying stuff here from the bands 1988 album ‘Shame, Humility, Revenge’.

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Skin/World Of Skin – Breathing Water

Michael Gira and Jarboe took a sidestep from Swans with their project ‘Skin’ (also know as ‘World Of Skin’), and the sound was sparse, and paradoxically light ‘n’ floaty whilst being doomy and heavy. This is perfectly demonstrated on this track from their 2nd album, 1988’s ‘Shame, Humility, Revenge’, which can be loosely deemed as a depressive, obsessive “love” song.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Lime Jelly Grass

This is where the madness starts! The opening track to the gaggle of lysergic tape-loops, toy drums, and candy-coloured chants that is their 1980 masterpiece ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’.

Biota – Rackabones (Full Album)

Incredible stuff from the American band. This was after they’d changed their name from Mnemonists, and forged forward as the musical project Biota. Under the new moniker, the collective were quieter; more discrete. However, the music oozes towards you in an extremely unsettling manner; rolling, cracking, clumping, and dissolving then reforming before your very eyes. This is the whole album from 1985.

[0:00] “Vagabones: Part I”
[26:39] “Vagabones: Part II”
[52:59] “Rackabones: Part I”
[1:11:02] “Rackabones: Part II”

Krzysztof Penderecki – Polymorphia

Well, many have been talking about the use of Penderecki in the, frankly, mindblowing 8th episode of ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’. However, Penderecki has been used with devastating effect in film before; most notably when Friedkin used him for ‘The Exorcist’, or when Kubrick did the same for ‘The Shining’. In fact, both of the films mentioned featured this spine tingling masterpiece. This track travels some in it’s 10 minutes; although every corner it takes you too is as terrifying as the last. The piece begins quietly, and after a period of barely heard rumbling the track builds and builds until the listener is in the eye of the skin-crawling storm. Then you get onto the plucking; which stumbles into a section that approaches bombast.

Cassiber – Orphee’s Mirror/I Tried To Reach You

Two tracks from Cassiber’s 1986 album ‘Perfect Worlds’. The first one shows drummer and ReR-man Chris Cutler doing his octopus thing in amongst sampledelia and mashed up noise. The second track has singer Christoph Anders belting out a number in such an OTT fashion, it beggars belief.

Nurse With Wound — Beetle Crawls Across My Back

Really, really great fan-made video to accompany this NWW track (which made it onto the compilation ‘Automating Volume Three) that totally fits into the bands ‘zone’. The track is a menacing piece of Exotica that has the wonderful Diana Rogerson on fine, fine form. Rogerson is the Sentinel’s true femme fatale of underground music; with a voice more chilling (and less affected) than Dagmar Krause or Diamanda Galas.

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – The Blimp (mousetrapreplica)

One of the many wonderful pieces from the Trout Mask Replica jigsaw; this time with the music actually being played by The Mothers of Invention whilst a Magic Band member delivers the vocals via the medium of telephone. Wonderful stuff.

Nurse With Wound – Phenomenon Of Aquarium And Bearded Lady

The madness of a NWW head movie was in full swing by the time of 1983’s ‘Gyllensköld, Geijerstam And I At Rydberg’s’; and Diana Rogerson had gotten on board, and can be heard riding roughshod over this. “It all turned out nicely in the ending”.

Renaldo & The Loaf – Is Guava A Donut?

Another gem from the Portsmouth duo’s second album ‘Songs For Swinging Larvae’, where some serious questions are asked. Tape Loops like manna from heaven.

 

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