People of the North are Kid Millions, who has played with Marnie Stern, Yo La Tengo and Spiritualized along with Oneida’s Bobby Matador and Shahin Motia as well as Richard Hoffman of Sightings. The album Era of manifestations is on virgin vinyl LP with a free download code and a postcard insert. Both discordant and cohesive. On Thrill Jockey records.
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- Era Of Manifestations by People of the North
7/10 Robin Staff review, 01 April 2015
A nice tradeoff of antics on this one. People of the North’s ‘Era of Manifestations’ has free jazz drums that sound like they’re tumbling down the stairs, plus a distorted caterwaul of synth and guitar that rises and rises until it scrapes the sky. Down is the new up is the new down is the new up. It’s no surprise that this band are creating confounding, tug-o-war sounds: fronted by Kid Millions and Richard Hoffman of Oneida and member Shanin Motia and Richard Hoffman of Sightings, this is destined to be the sound of different disciplines disagreeing -- noise without a compass.
Perhaps the delight in ‘Era of Manifestations’ comes in its modicum of krautrock, the band seeming semi-interested in toying with rigid rhythms and compacted melodies before abandoning them completely. “The Whirling Gift” suggests a loopy synth motif and starts recycling it before strangled guitar starts to take all of its efforts apart, the drumming eventually sounding distraught and randomized, like a person failing to put on their socks properly. It’s chaotic music, but you can see where the strands of collaboration started to blossom.
For those who like to hear Ambarchi go full throttle in the background of a Hanio composition, this is a lighter, more understandable take on your tectonic favourite music. ‘Era of Manifestations’ is never too aggressive, but never too grounded. Living in noise purgatory is cool.
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