After enjoying Destroyer’s new EP Five Spanish Songs I was pleased to
enter a real-life bizarre parallel world: the Google-translated lyrics of the Sr. Chinarro
songs that Dan Bejar covers read kind of like Destroyer lyrics, but, better
yet, Sr. Chinarro’s frontman Antonio Luque looks uncannily like Bejar himself.
Taken from the album Stairway To Levitation.
This album, Stairway to Levitation by Nackt Insecten, is another interesting
inflection point in the noise scene’s journey from earthy grit to
kosmische drift. Nackt started out making brutal, doomed scuzz-drone like the
but this album marks the moment when he began to slip his moorings and start
floating toward space. I love the way the synths ascend through the scraping
metal roar at the center of the stereo field.
Quality retrospective here from Type Records’ John Twells. Though five years
seems a little fast for this kind of memorialization, they’ve been five years
of unimaginable change in the US noise scene as musicians put down their
contact mics and picked up synthesizers. The processed-guitar pieces on
Imperial Distortion prefigure this trend, but in their meandering emptiness they also stand outside it. The
second of the two “Snow” pieces is my favourite: