Sunday, September 13, 2009

Psychosis Sucks

Swell Maps - Wastrels and Whippersnappers

Early practice recordings and wotnot. If you listened to the Swell Maps' albums and wondered if they'd hit a saturation point of lo-fi haze and ramshackle weirdness/beauty, this collection has the answer. Actually, I don't think I should have to convince anyone to listen to more Swell Maps.

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Psyche/BFC - Elements 1989-1990

Compiles two Carl Craig aliases that hit more of a late night sweet spot than his more exuberant shtuff. The synths here have an especially heavy-syrup, somnambulant type quality to them, and when they meet up with breaks on a track like Please Stand By, it easily rivals anything that Richard James has released.

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Lärm - No One Can Be That Dumb

The ultimate wet cardboard sound. Lärm take Bathory-esque baffling production choices and combine them with a sub-Septic Death proto-Power Violence sound that's just willfully ugly in as many ways as possible. The guitar is so thinly recorded and dissonant, it just hovers over the rhythm section like noxious fumes. Holy shit, the solo on Chemical Suicide. The bass about a minute into Non-Conformity. This rules.

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