Masculinity is a Wonderful Thing by WANDA GROUP was available on Vinyl 12" but is now sold out on all formats, sorry.
Vinyl 12" £10.99 WTN6
Ltd 12" on Where To Now? Edition of 300 copies in silk-screened sleeve.
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I’ve been enjoying the output of Louis Johnstone’s Wanda Group alter-ego a fair bit recently - specifically the split tape on Further with Ekoplekz, the ‘Piss Fell Out Like Sunlight’ album on Opal Tapes plus the ‘Bass Urine’ cassette on NNA Tapes. Sounds like he has a thing for pee pee. Not that I’m for one minute suggesting he’s into golden showers and that lark.
This 12” is as weird, out there and downright strange as I was hoping for. What I like about this guys stuff is that by the end of the records you’re left scratching your head wondering where the fuck you’ve just been for the last thirty odd minutes or whatever. ‘Masculinity Is A wonderful Thing’ is no exception, kicking off with ‘Gorgeous Lucio’ it sounds like a massive flying saucer has just started hovering above your house with alien voices being transmitted through the walls at you, except the aliens are rasta’s. There’s manipulated sample collage melting into the sort of canine summoning frequency abuse you would expect to hear coming from the studio monitors of Mika Vainio, Ryoji Ikeda or even Kevin Drumm. Having said that this really sounds like none of those artists. There’s certainly an affinity with classic early electronic music and music concrete. The closest comparison I can muster is Nurse With Wound. It just creates that alternate LSD like hallucinatory state with some distant paranoia and weird voices as the fabric of the universe melts around you. I hate to use the word psychedelic, probably the most over used term currently doing the rounds in music. How many bands claim to be psychedelic but are truly psychedelic? Erm not many. This is proper tripping yer face off gear but has a real emotional warmth and depth. The EP apparently was made with his father and grandfather in mind. A relationship/ bond I can very much identify with being a father of three. One of great emotional weight skillfully articulated into these compositions.
On the flipside ‘We Held Our Balance’ opens with layers of light and dark, very balanced and not really heading deep into either direction making things very ambiguous as to where things are heading. Strange pulses and clicks, static, submerged bizarre scattershot samples, smothered dub all slowly appearing and retreating and then midway set alight by sparks of digital burning embers like a glitchy hallucination of fire and the sound of angel wings fluttering and snippets of their voices.
Edition of 300 copies in screen printed sleeve. Recommended.
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