Vinyl LP £21.99 NP13

LP on Nashazphone (Matthew Bower/ Mick Flower).

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Rock Power by Sunroof!
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9/10 Mike 31 January 2014

Here's the latest album from Sunroof! (well actually a vinyl reissue of a 2003 CDr on his Rural Electrification Program label), which is of course one of Matthew "Skullflower" Bower's other projects, so you would be fair to expect some harsh and difficult noise here. You would be somewhat mistaken, though, as 'Rock Power' is in fact one of Bower's more accessible albums, consisting of seven tracks recorded live in Europe in 2003 with Leeds axe legend Mick Flower. It sees the pair going head to head, with Flower providing some kind of repeated melodic pattern or splay-fingered solo and Bower providing another layer of noise over the top as well as manipulating the live guitar sounds.

The lengthy opener is a triumphant, surging number which pairs a chugging two-chord rumble along to some simple programmed drums while Bower spews red hot feedback squeaks and grinding-metal clangs all over it, closing with triumphant synth drones and broken air. From then on things do get a bit more challenging, with the guitar and electronics often hard to distinguish from one another in a mush of chopped up melodies and processed audio mulch, but Flower's presence does ensure that it is for the most part concordant, although it does get pretty trippy in places.

I think the two songs I'm having the most fun with are the aforementioned opener and another chuggy one with a drum machine that takes up the bulk of side two, but this LP contains hypnotic and accessible noise muck throughout really.



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