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- miacd 028 / CD on Miasmah aka Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek
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A bit all over the place this one. Shivers are named after David Cronenberg's debut feature about an aggressive parasite that turns its human hosts into rabid sexual predators - so you can safely assume this record is not gonna rank highly on most people’s dinner party playlists, which is a bit of a shame. They are a trio consisting of Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek), Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek who together blend elements of free jazz and abrasive electronics. The opening tracks showcase the more brutal side of the group with huge, lurching synth drones, distorted bass clarinet lines, painful electronic drums, clattering percussion and various layers of disturbing atmospherics added to maximise the nightmarish vibe.
Third track ‘Rabid’ starts of as the meanest of a mean bunch; a crackling wall of distorted noise and sprawling drums which unexpectedly subsides into blissed-out, komische inflected jazz. From there on the album twists and turns in all kinds of directions; we get John Carpenter style organ workouts (‘Brood’), hypnotic tribal psychedelia (‘Spacek’) and a moody, middle eastern sounding horn soloing over driving electro (‘Replicant’). On initial listen the album sounded chaotic and messy but the more I listen the more I can appreciate the structure of the pieces and range of styles and textures the trio move through in the their aural approximation of total body horror.
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