Die Stadt

On October 2nd 2005, the four above mentioned names performed at Bremen’s Lagerhaus in a concert curated by Die Stadt’s Jochen Schwarz who, in customary fashion, released a commemorative double 7-inch of the proceedings, one track for each artist. No surprises as to what we get: Z’EV’s “Elementonal” is a crashing pandemonium of metal and irregular rhythm, John Duncan’s “Offffffff” sounds like treated white noise (but it could be heavily processed breath or something), Aidan Baker’s “Drone Four (Excerpt)” explores different approaches to guitar looping in what is the deepest music on offer, while the flat repetition of Fear Falls Burning (aka Vidna Obmana)’s “The Beautiful Decline (Excerpt)” is the shallowest. What counts more is the double CD that comes with the limited mail order edition, which finds the four manipulating and reworking each other’s sounds in settings that allow the mind better to adapt to the sonic circumstances. Z’ev transforms a short field recording by Duncan into a violent grey uncertainty of haunting voices and concrete rumbles saturating the listening space with oppressive power. Duncan’s response in “BKG” is to attack tweeters with nails and teeth and send the listener into a maze of intoxicating distorted sibilance. Disc 2 finds Fear Falls Burning and Aidan Baker at work on each other’s trance-fusion: Baker’s “Drone Four” is re-looped and progressively degraded with effects and slow beats into something curiously reminiscent of sections of Genesis’ “White Mountain”, while Baker’s remix of “The Beautiful Decline” adds some much-needed inner movement, transforming it into a Frippertronic forest fire with hopelessly screaming guitars heard from every treetop.

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