Welsh, psychedelic noise makers White Noise Sound have paved their way across the UK and Europe in the company of artists such as Super Furry Animals, The Warlocks, Spectrum, Mark Gardener (Ride) and members of Spacemen 3, Spiritualized and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Their second album ‘Like A Pyramid Of Fire’, produced by DJ Phil Kiernan and Cian Ciaran (Super Furry Animals) is a rhythmically hypnotic assault of melody and tonal exploration played through a psychedelic wall of sound.
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Ah, big music. Bless the big music. In its grandiosity it manipulates us to feeling; it can buy our hearts, and it can also sell products. Big music is London Grammar is M83 is the War On Drugs is Jon Mueller’s Death Blues is Swans, and it’s also cinematic psych outfit White Noise Sound. Here are a collection of whispering, dreamy voices who have a metropolis of synthesizers and building-block drum machines to drive through at night, the sky opening up and eating them whole.
‘Like a Pyramid of Fire’ is a monolithic record, layered to peak at the highest volume, for the synths of “All You Need” to coalesce with groaning distortion and simple but intensive percussive snaps. “Bow” is a paino ballad that can’t resist being several other things as well, settling into a rip of Radiohead’s numbed “Codex” before becoming more pantomimic, subordinate to squeaking keyboards and earth-orbiting harmonies. If you feel like a bit of Public Service Broadcasting/post-rock crossover, there’s “Can’t You See It”, which starts on a wide-eyed vocal sample before layering foggy ambience and steaming beats overtop.
The world is so small, it’s a wonder that this can be contained in it, and it ultimately falls short on its promise of psychedelic rock opera, stifling towards the backend with oddly sequenced balladry; the Hundred Waters-esque “Step Into The Light” goes for the slow spotlight when it should be flaring up. This is black hole huge, though. Someone commission an ITV drama right now.
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