Avowed Nate Young fiends Demdike Stare have trapped the Wolf Eyes lynchpin’s stunning 3rd ‘Regression’ volume for a necessary vinyl edition on their eponymous label. ‘Other Days’ represents the Wolf Eyes lynchpin’s most labyrinthine incursion to the nether zone between waking life and ‘marish, cryptographic noise.
The recordings stem from an exhibition of lathe cut etchings and paintings by Young and his wife, Alivia Zivich, installed at Tokyo’s Haus Gallery. The process involved designing original images for twenty-two 8”x8” pieces of acrylic, which in turn inspired twenty-two audio compositions which were then lathe cut into the acrylic. The process of lathe-cutting transformed the audio itself, and vice-versa with the original images, resulting a constant mutation between sound and image with no end in sight. Eventually the process ended
abruptly, with Young and Zivich surrendering to rest or sleep.
In key with the rest of the series, ‘Regression Volume. 3 (Other Days)’ irreversibly ruptures or at least corrupts the liminal boundaries of its infected victims with Lynchian aptitude. Dragged down to Young’s beta pitch we become petrified, sleep paralysed witnesses to possessed hallucinations. His drums and tapestretched drones land in time-dilating polymetric patterns, again uncannily recalling the timbre of vintage Photek drums - struck objects, metallic gongs and loose-skinned bass - only strung-out like the sounds of morphine-dosed poltergeist and caterwauling harpies. We could say the secret lies in his sense of deferred anticipation, but then it wouldn’t be a secret, yet there’s something so ill, unquantifiable about his sense of timing that’s just dangerously affective.
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