If you’re looking for an antidote to the sudden influx of pop “noise” music coming out of the laptop underground, the Copenhagen duo known as Adoption has 10 sharp anti-cures that will cut your throat on the way down and hit your gut like its incomprehensible verbal scrawls have something to say. That won’t really help anything, but that’s kind of the idea. Adoption’s music draws on a hardcore, grindcore heritage to create fractured constellations of heavily designed aggression. With each track of Nineteen Ninety coming in hard at an average of 32.1 seconds a piece, the result is a piece of out with a loud, louder, loudest approach and a staying power that outsizes its tiny temporal imprint. So, let’s start you off in the middle at track 5, titled “Hair,” and see how that works out.
Written by Luke Carrell
Magic Towers are an experimental ambient/drone duo from the Northern Italian city of Vittorio Veneto. Their new release N. 4 comes to us via NO=FI Recordings. The two sides of the cassette each present fifteen minutes of droning synths and heady atmospherics. Dissonant, remote, and often disturbing, the composition was quite fittingly recorded during All Soul’s Day of last year in Milan. The tape’s palate is stark but broad, ranging from quiet whirrs to thunderous percussion, all haunted with varying degrees of dread and decay. Side A is the less combative of the two pieces, with a simmering midsection that gives way to sustained high-frequency undulations, while side B begins with atramental tape hiss that shifts toward grating synths that are frankly pretty hard to take even at low decibels. As an exercise that aims to explore the role sound plays in perception, N. 4 succeeds, but it may leave you feeling as physically drained as mentally stimulated.
“N. 4” is out now on NO=FI
Written by Nathan Reese