Sunday, January 7, 2018

REVIEW - RED BOILING SPRINGS - PATERNAL - CASSETTE

RED BOILING SPRINGS - PATERNAL - CASSETTE
NAILBAT RECORDS/NBT017
HARSH NOISE/POWER ELECTRONICS/EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS/MINIMALIST SOUNDSCAPES
TRANSPARENT CASSETTE WITH STICKER LABEL. COMES IN A
STANDARD PLASTIC CASE WITH J-CARD INSERT. 


SIDE A.)

I.) UNTITLED:
For our first review of 2018 I'm excited to talk to you guys about
a release from RED BOILING SPRINGS. This is a very interesting release
to me that covers something very similar to a personal experience I
had when my daughter was born. The following was taken from the artists
bandcamp page (https://redboilingsprings.bandcamp.com/album/paternal)
where you can check this out and place an order if you'd like a tape,
As well as dive into the artists back catalog, Which in my opinion
is worth checking out if you're as Noise obsessed as we are.

"My daughter was born on March 15, 2016, and this tape traces the events 
of that night, which included a medical emergency that put her life at 
risk. These recordings are meant to capture the anticipation, panic, 
and relief from that night. Aside from some vocals near the end, all 
sounds were originally captured in utero using a fetal doppler monitor.
Heartbeats by Elliot Elisa Sullivan / Vocals by Matthew Wayne Sullivan."

So as you can see this is an intense release that goes deeper than your
average noise cassette. A very personal and intimate look into a single
night where a child beat all odds to come into existence. Side A begins
by slowly taking us into the womb where a real life drama is about to
unfold. A pulse begins through a void of stillness. A semi-rapid tempo
is set. An echo of itself trails behind as it grows louder. The surrounding
quiet creates a tense atmosphere as the tiny muscle fights. Scratching thuds
are now present, Sort of like a contact mic scraping against some substance.
A wavering drone arrives and expands outward. It carries a cold clinical hum
that seems to pervade all else. Strange circular rhythms flow in an uneasy
cycle. Dark organic ambiance that truly takes you to a new world. Wet sloshing
rhythms come in choppy waves like an agitated tide struggling to reach the shore.
If medical procedures and hospitals freak you out then I'd suggest going into 
this one cautiously. All in all this is a pretty minimal piece, But that does
nothing to diminish the effect it has on the listener. In this case less is
not only more, But it's all that's necessary. Everything drops into silence
except for the initial pulses and thumps that we heard in the beginning. I
can only imagine the tension and fear that took place outside as these weird
and wonderful sounds were captured. The pulse slowly fades...Fainter and fainter
until silence. All while a life hangs in the balance. Incredible stuff.

SIDE B.)

II.) UNTITLED:
Now that we've made it this far, Let's get to that happy ending. Luckily we
know the artists baby girl made it through her first trial in this life and
for once in the world things end on a positive note. This album is very special,
And I'd imagine the artist went through a lot of personal struggle to create it.
But that's art in a nutshell. Often born of pain and suffering and somehow 
transformed into something truly beautiful. This isn't the same old top of 
the charts garbage or even the same tired Harsh Noise plundering that we've 
grown so used to. This is real, With true substance and not a single care 
given to convention. If you seek music that goes beyond and deeper than the 
norm, This might be something to consider listening to. Both sides are a
little under ten minutes long so it's not an overwhelming listen, But we
get just enough time to get a feel on what this release is and what it's
about. On the B side we enter into dense sub-sonic quakes that rattle in
a subtle manner. Again we have a pulse to build from. It sounds like ragged
breaths are being earned through labor and strife. Wet clicks that sound
like chewing insects are heard along with a secondary pulse that they 
bring with them. Ambiance is sprayed on in heavy sheets that linger like
prolonged gusts of wind. A bewildering and hazy world captured existing
within the human body. Suddenly we are pushed into smothering sub-bass
frequencies that temporarily eclipse all else. The odd clicking sounds
return like an audience awaiting the final outcome of the ordeal. A sense
of immense pressure is conveyed as the clock ticks. All fades into drifting
static textures containing obscured melodies. Clean vocals in multiple tones
are sung like a lullaby assuring us that it's alright and we can finally be
at peace. This seems to erase all anxiety as it lulls us into rest. Distant
bass tone movements wrap around as the voices continue to softly bellow out
their notes. The vocals have an almost horn like quality to them and remind
me of war horns sounding before battle dawns on the land. Luckily the right
side won in this case.     

WHAT IT IS TO BE HUMAN:
10/10
-Corey P- 

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