'EP1' comes from very anonymous project Cuts and is being released on Invada Records. Cuts' audio-visual work so far has been droning and slow-paced, while their music seems to reciprocate with distorted, soundscaping synth that never lets up and crushing drums that hide in the shadows. 'EP1' has a bit of post-rock glare to it, a lot of the time, but it climaxes less and is ultimately slower and more meditative -- if you can meditate to music this purely loud.
Tracks:Cuts 01 Cuts 02 Cuts 03 Cuts 04 Cuts 05
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Oh you, Discogs. You and your ridiculous style tags. "U guyz, have you heard that new doomcore artist Cuts? He's my favourite doomcore musician of 2014" - I'm sure I heard that on no street corners anywhere ever. A fusion of doom metal and grindcore this is not; what it is however is an spacey electronic feast that's even closer to Fuck Buttons than the previously reviewed Matchess LP, and far more doomcore than any of yer mates bands.
Cuts is one of those mysterious electronic folks that only show their face when heading to the shop to get a top up of coffee and biscuits, the staple of between-track snacks. Being signed to Geoff Barrow's Invada label definitely adds to this dingey image with Bristol being a national centre for dark experiments into sound, having helped raise the fetus of DnB and dubstep to the monster that it would eventually become. Only echoes of those styles remain however, with the primary musical feature being layers and layers of fizzy synths poking out through equally fizzy distortion. Imagine if Fennesz got lost in a Bristolian industrial estate. He'd probably start recording every piece of withered machinery he can set his eyes on, which incidentally would sound pretty similar to the beats present on Cuts' EP1. With all this talk of dark sounds, there are actually a fair few rays of sunshine here, such as the early M83 melodies of 'Cuts 03'. In fact a lot of the synths would be right at home on the Dead Cities album.
Such imaginitive music would go perfectly with visuals, and sure enough the man has been touring a live audiovisual set recently, which would undoubtedly surpass these studio recordings, but if you can't make that then this should provide a great partner to your binary daydreaming. Who knows, you might even make some doomcore of your own.
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