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No Answer : Lower Floors by Wolf Eyes
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9/10 Ant 11 April 2013

Always good to score a “more commercially available” Wolf Eyes album that’s not some hand dubbed cassette released in an edition of two copies in someone’s dads old sweaty sock with bonus toe-nails. I often think these guys unfairly get lumped into the “harsh noise” category, probably that ‘Stabbed In The Face’ record and pictures of them circulating looking like some trollied metal band from Scunthorpe hasn’t helped. I happen to think they have a lot in common with early electronic/ concrete/ tape music and also some of Jamaica’s great dub pioneers. They don’t just make a load of hideous racket, they live and breathe their art in the same way Throbbing Gristle did and to whom sonically they owe a great deal of gratitude. For sure they make very sinister and dark sounding records and ‘No Answer : No Floors’ is no exception.

The TG influence is pretty strong on this record, (I’d almost swear I heard Cosey’s cornet) but what’s also quite apparent is that their sound is perhaps a tad cleaner, more refined maybe, although the crude/ primitive appeal remains intact. They’ve welcomed a new member into the fold with Jamas Baljo and also worked with former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly. The vocals really work well on a few tracks two, adding a bit of human narrative to all the bizarre creaks, pulses, horror synth etc. You can always rely on these chaps to dish out the creepiness and ‘No Answer : No Floors’ will make a welcome addition to any Wolf Eyes shelf. Recommended.


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