New Forces Titles
"Secrets" is the latest from Vancouver artist Melissa Paget. These tracks perfectly embody what sets Mass Marriage apart - namely a tense, minimal power-electronics that is one of the few that can legitimately claim to evoke the great Atrax Morgue, combined with the sort of heaviness associated with Vancouver harsh noise acts like The Rita or Rusalka. Darkly emotional, foreboding, and desperate music, accompanied by a vocal performance that will stay with you long after the song finishes. "Secrets" is a powerful statement, one that will follow you around, refusing to let go.
One of a handful of artists that truly stand out in contemporary harsh noise. Known for releases on Hospital Productions, Freak Animal, Skeleton Dust, and his own White Centipede Noise imprint, Wince channels the spirit of crude and powerful Americanoise, adding his own trademark layers of filth, grit, and static. A blend of sexual energy and cultural disdain, "Bullets for German Radio" bludgeons the listener into submission, replacing the vapid with the violent.
Japanese harsh noise for the true freaks. Emerging from a scene defined by older legends like The Incapacitants and Merzbow, a handful of new Japanese noise artists have pushed their way to the forefront to assert their relevance. Celluloid Murder is part of this movement, treading new ground by combining wild and uninhibited harsh noise with bizarre sound collage and musique concrète. The results are disorienting and intense. Nearly an hour of music that will challenge, excite, and confuse. Hail new Japan!
Building on their recent debut release, Personage 77 continues to explore the convergences of harsh noise, anti-music, and intense physical performance on "Cock Museum." The most primitive and physical tools are smashed together, overloading recording devices as objects and bodies collide and writhe around on the floor, blood vessels imploding as vocal cords are pushed to the limit. Not sure whether this is the high-concept sound art, or the audio equivalent of a caveman smashing his own skull with a rock. Perhaps a bit of both. Sure to appeal to fans of the New Blockaders and Hanatarash.
Intense musical examination of the Vietnam War, and a definitive statement from one of the leaders of contemporary power-electronics. These tracks are not a shallow thematic gesture to the Vietnam War. Rather, they attempt to evoke the atmosphere, dirt, violence, fear, shame, pride, failure, and triumph of one of history's ugliest wars. Attempts to approach the feeling of that conflict from someone who never fought in it, yet has immersed themselves in the history, art, and media depicting the war. Nearly sixty minutes, 18 songs, and a host of collaborators, including members of Koufar, Terror Cell Unit, Private Archive, Worth, Breaking the Will, and Interracial Sex. Sure to go down as one of the strongest industrial statements of 2018. The tape is accompanied by a massive virtual compendium compiled by the artist, accessed here: http://striations-vavc.blogspot.com/
"Unbridled and varied harsh noise from Will Vangorder, who has be an integral part of the American noise scene for two decades as Worth, Weak Sisters, and as a member of Other People's Children. Few artists have developed such a unique approach to harsh noise. Worth focuses on damaged, fried electronics that hover just on the verge of total collapse, an onslaught that skews familiar archetypes in favor of a singular, devastating sonic voice. Very much in the spirit of the recent (and incredible) Worth LP, "The Steps" is essential listening for anyone invested in US noise. A total brain-melter."
"Rusalka is Vancouver’s Kate Rissiek. Along with kindred projects like The Rita, Taskmaster, Flatgrey, Sick Buildings, and others, Rusalka helped to make that city a premiere location for a particularly monolithic and extreme style of harsh noise during the mid-2000's. Staying ahead of the curve, "Revisualizations" refuses easy characterization. The listener is enveloped in continually shifting cascading walls of sound, interspersed with meditative passages of extreme electronic frequencies. Few artists wield such raw power combined with careful attention to detail and compositional pacing. A welcome return from one of North America's finest."
Body Stress/Yasuhito Fujinami
"Combining two of the freshest voices in contemporary harsh noise, "Her Weeping Echoes" brings together Denmark's Body Stress and Japan's Yasuhito Fujinami. Together they achieve a rare feat, presenting a split release that manages to capture a cohesive sound and atmosphere while still showcasing what makes each artist unique. Body Stress pushes their frenetic approach to noise to even greater extremes on the A-side. This is impossibly fast and pummeling music. Dynamic electronics taken to the limit. Moving beyond cut-up harsh noise into something new; the future is bright. On the flip side, Yasuhito Fujinami joins a small cadre of artists like Tourette, Oscillating Innards, Kazuma Kubota, and Pedestrian Deposit, who manage to seamlessly intersperse tense and beautiful ambient passages with harrowing noise eruptions. Incredibly detailed compositions that tell a story, Yasuhito Fujinami is one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Japan's storied noise underground. Meet your two favorite new artists."
New Forces vol. 8
Zine featuring interviews from Ligature, Interracial Sex, and more