Thursday, April 14, 2016

REVIEW - BOAR/XOME - SPLIT - 12" LP

BOAR/XOME - SPLIT - 12" LP
BREACHING STATIC/BS74
HARSH NOISE/CUT-UP/EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS
COMES IN A SLEEVE/DUST JACKET.
ON BLACK VINYL WITH STICKERS ON
EACH SIDE.
BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY:
JORGE TAPIA


SIDE A.) BOAR:
I.) YOU'RE NO BETTER THAN THE REST /
II.) BODY HOLES / III.) EDIBLE CONCRETE /
IV.) FEELING LIKE YOU USED TO / V.) GOOF OFF /
VI.) KISS ME LIKE YOU MEAN GOODBYE:

BOAR seems to be an ever evolving machine. Each release I've heard
featuring BOAR's work seems to shift into a new gear from the last.
From blistering Harsh Noise to seething Power Electronics to entrancing
Dark Ambient soundscapes. With this 12 inch split, We see BOAR once again
shedding skin and becoming a new creature entirely. On this record BOAR
presents six tracks of masterfully crafted experimentation ranging from
flowing ambiance to Cut-Up Electronic Noise and more. Glitchy outbursts
create a roller coaster ride throughout a myriad of tones and textures. 
"You're No Better Than The Rest" kicks things off with samples of an overcharged 
audience screaming in excitement and anticipation (Or perhaps it's a riot of some 
sort?) Anyways there is a lot of screaming and frantic movement set to a backdrop 
of beautifully tranquil ambiance that glows and resonates. Like music played on glass. 
The vibrations fill the air with a sense of calm that slowly eats away all the stress 
of the opening samples. What follows comes as mid-paced stabs of disjointed noise.
Broken sounds of all sorts that grind in and out. I rarely hear Cut-Up noise that isn't
locked in to light speed so this is pretty cool to hear it with more of a flow (As jagged
as it may be) than just one barrage after the next that is gone before it can be fully
appreciated. "Body Holes" arrives as an outstretched soundscape of sharp noise that
dives headfirst back into Cut-Up/Glitch territory. Jackhammer rhythms appear and distort,
Wavering ambient passages fill space between along with humming Power Electronics style
drones. Hazy Rhythmic Noise takes the lead and resigns to the might of the glitch. There
is a lot to hear on this one and it is all brilliantly arranged and executed. The remaining
tracks are only about half as long a the previous piece but are just as powerful. There is
a lot of sonic strength in this record. "Edible Concrete" sounds like a curb-stomp in progress
with multiple stomps to the back of the head. Another Cut-Up piece that comes as one strike 
after another until the ominous ambient outro that comes to seal your fate. "Feeling Like You
Used To" is a solid Harsh Noise/Power Electronics hybrid that features heavy caustic distortion
moving over oscillating drones as sky rocketing high end tone scream like an independent's day
celebration. "Goof Off" builds on dense clicks and improvised noise that really does sound like
someone goofing off at times...Like when you first un-box a new piece of gear and try it out
without fully mastering it's functions. Not to say this sounds shitty or uninspired, Just a 
little more free-form than the other tracks here. Around midway we go into this nice segment
of vacuous noise the slowly rises until we are hit by annihilating rough noise that comes
like a handful of stone to the face. Finally "Kiss Me Like You Mean Goodbye" closes off the
A side with a final display of Cut-Up aggression. Perhaps the "meanest" sounding track on BOAR's
side. Here we have everything that creates a good Cut-Up piece. Spastic changes, Over-stretched
digital sounding tones, A choir of dying fax machine's reciting their last wills and testaments
and to top things off the track ends with what sounds like a glitch remix of the ambient passage
that we heard at the beginning of the record. One of the most solid contribution's to a split
you'll hear this year.

SIDE B.) XOME:
VII.) PROCYON / VIII.) ANTIPATHY /
IX.) PROCEDURE / X.) SCHEME / XI.) INCREDULOUS /
XII.) MY CHILDHOOD IN UNDER A MINUTE AND A HALF:
On the flip side we have six tracks from XOME which is a project widely 
praised for his intense live performances. Like BOAR, No two Xome releases
are the same. Xome is a master when it comes to intricate pedal abuse and
ferocity, While at the same time knowing when to let you breath before
executing another sonic assault. "Procyon" Opens XOME's side and instantly
shows that XOME has come to unleash gritty, Lo-fi terror upon our ears. This
is pure Harsh Noise experimentation at it's finest. A dizzying array of pedal
tones and rabid effects. Frothing, Bubbling madness featuring a swamp of wet
sounds and harsh textures. Clicking like the mandibles of insects creates an
interesting interlude followed by a Rhythmic Noise attack. At one point you
can hear the man behind the machines groan as if in discomfort, Like the gear
has enslaved him to do it's bidding. It is kind of difficult to tell where one
track ends and another begins but this does nothing to take away from XOME's 
impact. Manipulated voice recordings struggle under a mist of static and raging
distortion. Drone attempt to form but fall into an agitated mass before realizing
their goals. Everything sounds dangerously toxic yet intoxicating. It sounds like
XOME is mimicking Cut-Up Noise but doing so through a standard Harsh Noise approach.
It's hard to put into words but excellent to listen to. Vocal manipulations are once
again employed but this time sounding like an alien language from a 1950's Japanese
Sci-Fi film. Soaring lead notes cry and wail as the pedal abuse continues without
remorse. All I can think while listening to this is "This is your brain on drugs."
This stuff is utterly chaotic. The audio/noise equivalent of a massive pile up on
a busy interstate. Aural wreckage and manic sonic violence conducted and orchestrated
by a man who must be absolutely mad to be in the center of all of this. Every track
sounds like a brutal car crash. Squealing noises act as the peeling of tires and blinding
feedback hits like the initial impact and then we are thrown tumbling through a mangled mess
of massive loudness and sharp shrapnel symphonies. At times it sounds like we are in the
dungeon/workshop of a crazed doctor or scientist. A Frankenstein's monster of music has
come to life as strange devices and test-tubes quake and bubble all around us. A perfect
companion to the BOAR side of the record. One that compliments without becoming a clone.
Dense Lo-fi noise and scraping dungeon textures seem to end the record until we are surprised
by samples of children's toys commercial set to a backdrop of the traumatic screams of terrified
children. A weird way to end it that somehow works.

BOTH ARTISTS HER ARE PACKING AN ARSENAL OF AUDIO AGGRESSION. ONE OF THE BEST
SPLIT RELEASES OF 2016 SO FAR. ABSOLUTELY RECOMMENDED:

9/10
-ABATTOIR-

www.xome.org
www.boarnoise.blogspot.com
www.breachingstatic.blogspot.com

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