Sudden Infant is Joke Lanz, maker of noise and exclusively aggressive conceptual art that connects his warped, heavily political poetry to sparse and ferocious compositions involving marching percussion, unfiltered feedback and skewed tape sounds. Sometimes his new record 'Wolfi's Nightmare' revolves around little more than his voice: the second track, "Hold Me", is a classic tongue-scraping tune involving one lyric and Lanz intoning it through squealing, laughing and scowling. Most tracks manifest with more lyrical weight, though, recalling Michael Gira's hypnotic but knowing songwriting with repeatedly chanted lines like "Ten children die every minute of diarrhoea!". On record, Lanz is helped by Roli Mosimann of Swans and New Order fame, to get that despondent post-punk vibe going. 'Wolfi's Nightmare' is brutal, thought-provoking and unsettling.

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Wolfli's Nightmare by Sudden Infant
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10/10 Coy Rastle 22nd August 2014

If you thought that Derek Batey hosting the popular ITV game show of the 70's, "Mr. & Mrs.", was the music equivalent of a tickly trumpet - or - even, dare I say it... a hairy banjo, then you'll find this album a tad perplexing.

However, if you like challenging, intentionally willful experimentation from a vocal/musical savant par excellence, Joke Lanz, backed by two extremely adept musicians, Christian Weber (bass) and Alexandre Babel (drums), coupled with a stunning production by Roli Mossiman, (ex-Swans, Wiseblood, etc., etc.), then this is the very fellow for you. Lanz's vocal range is something to behold coupled with his avant loops/electronics & nailed down with a solid bass & drums backbone. It'll have you smiling, scratching your head & tapping yer tootsies - sometimes all at the same time.

A veritable panoply of pump-tastic, sonic potpourri.


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