The first time we saw Sewn Leather was on an infernal summer night at Bo Diddley's old house in Gainesville. Never since have we felt that close to the limits of our own mortality and immortality simultaneously. His shows aren’t performances so much as bloodletting rituals. A spontaneous group-trance ceremony transpires from a multitude of sweaty limbs, heads, and feet-- stomping, swaying, punching, pulsing, and hypnotized into one singularly-thinking-entity by infectiously minimal bass beats, seemingly ground to a pulp by the teeth of some odious beast.
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"Minimal proto noise" says the post-it note stuck to the front of this new Sewn Leather LP. I've not come across this chappy before but I'm enjoying this LP. He plays nasty power-electronics full of harsh distorto-loops, unsettling drones and cold Suicide-esque minimal beats.
Sometimes there's harshly processed vocals but most of the time the focus is on rotted dance beats and pummelling bursts of dirty synthetic noise. Some of the tones here are truly filthy but the simple rhythms keep everything driving forward relentlessly and hypnotically no matter how chaotic and fractured everything else is. There's an almost ritualistic feel to a lot of the tracks, mixing that cold Suicidey pulse with an almost Raccoo-oo-oon-ish free-expressive stream of consciousness noise meditation side which is somehow loose and playful but also often confrontational and intense.
A wild and nasty racket but an entertaining one too.
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