Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DELEUZER "Greatest Hits Vol. 1" (Individual Lines)



Mud puddle metal scrape free jazz/noise, light on rhythm and heavy on the deriving shrieks and groans from what might more typically be thought of as musical instruments. The first side sounds like the dying wails of a malfunctioning steam golem accompanied by crackling electrical sprites. Is this what the Eraserhead soundtrack sounded like? I can't remember. Eventually the golem meets his end and we are treated to a dance by the family of sprites, which attracts the attention of a lonely whale, who briefly sings in his native tongue. (This part is actually outright pretty, and I'm glad they had the confidence to move in this direction even if only briefly.) Then of course the whale leaves and we get some more dissonant drone and skronking saxophone blasts. And it just keeps going! Dramatic, fun, and very human noise music, in contrast to most of the harsh rhythmic stuff that seems to be trendy right now. Side B contains some bleary tones and frantic chain rattling and what sounds like a tea kettle boiling over, which is then superseded by some modular electronic pads and an amplified windup toy, and then it ends on a long segment featuring crazy sax wails over a melancholy trumpet riff, and of course fourteen other things happening simultaneously. Cool stuff!

Side note: On the copy I got there are very quiet ghost tracks during the silence at the end of each side, which I think means these must be reused tapes. They're not complete songs (not that this band even does "songs") but it's cool, like finding a weird Easter egg hidden after the main piece is over.
-- Will Griscom

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