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Tag Archives: Avant-Garde

This Heat – Peel Sessions 1977

Tracklist:

  1. Rimp Romp Ramp (0:00)
  2. Makeshift Swahili (6:40)
  3. Sitting (12:59)
  4. Basement Boy (15:15)
  5. Slither (17:24)
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Nurse With Wound – Brained (Unconscious Mix)

Nurse With Wound’s crazed, demented, tripped out cover version of “Cottonwoodhill” by Brainticket get a zonked out mix. It starts with Jim Foetus’ vocals cutting through the fog, and eventually the listener gets thrown into occasional bursts of the maelstrom of the original version; then back into the voidy, bleached alternative. Dig.

A Bad Diana – Behind The Curtain Of The Sun

When Diana Rogerson came out with her ‘A Bad Diana’ project in 2007 (with the sole album ‘The Lights Are On But No-One’s Home’), it was glorious news for those Nurse With Wound fans that feel that Rogerson was always one of the most compelling elements of an incredible project (that luckily shows no signs of slowing down). Rogerson had already given us 2 incredible ‘solo’ works in the past with her Chrystal Belle Scrodd persona, but that was many years before A Bad Diana, and it could be said that this album was more than long overdue. Luckily it didn’t disappoint, and echoed the trajectory of her husband’s NWW, with the work becoming less demented and more spaced out (though eerily so). This track has Diana singing into a void of drones and chirping crickets. Minimal, simple; yet vast and majestic; here’s hoping for more from this mercurial, and fierce talent over the coming years.

Faust – Miss Fortune

Faust’s debut album was a dizzying collage of avant-rock, noise, freak folk, and everything in between; it was certainly radical at the time, and would still unsteady the uninitiated to this very day. The third track, which covered the whole of side B, continued in this cut up style, and takes the listener on a journey through the 1971 German underground. One minute you feel like you’re walking through a beautiful meadow, only to suddenly be confronted by a hideous industrial structure belching smoke. Also, check the section where the band clearly took direct inspiration from the Velvet Underground’s ‘The Murder Mystery’.

News From Babel – Devils

Krause bolstered by creepy bassoons on this light yet sinister piece from their 1984 album ‘Sirens and Silences/Work Resumed On The Tower’.

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.

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