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Two titans of noise collide in this super limited release. Vatican Shadow (Dominick Fernow of Prurient) and Cut Hands (William Bennett of Whitehouse) showcase their respective knacks for finding melody in industrial surroundings. Out on vinyl 12" on Handmade Birds. Limited to 400 copies in poly-lined collector sleeve.

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  • HBEATS078 / Very limited 180g RED coloured vinyl 12" on Handmade Birds. Edition of 400 copies in poly-lined collector sleeve.

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Azar Swan Variations by Vatican Shadow / Cut Hands 1 review. Add your own review. 8/10
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8/10 Staff review, 20 May 2015

Some of you might recognise these lads, one of which cast his Vatican Shadow all over Function last year for a dark, punishing LP while the other can’t get enough of his Afro Noise, whatever that is. I’m assuming Saharan field recordings.

The 2 tracks contained here are obfuscated reworks of comparatively sweeter songs by a duo called Azar Swan from their last LP And Blow Us a Kiss. The producers take it in turns to do the stuff, Vatican on the A and Cut on the B, and ne’er the two shall meet. Vatican Shadow’s remix of ‘We Hunger’ has a distinctly Modeselektor feel, albeit more cavernous and unafraid to blast us with near-white noise. There are almost anthemic melodies buried beneath the distortion, as if hearing 3am Glasto from 10 miles away, and to continue the ridiculous comparisons, reminds me of Boney M’s ‘Rasputin’. Cackle, ye techno nerds.

Anyway Cut Hands slows things down slightly but kinda amps up the noise into a leering roar that lies under most of the track. The noise troll under the bridge. In complete contrast, the vocal is much cleaner than the A, too clean for this reviewer, but the primal, evolving perc lines more than make up for it. Get if you like cacophony.


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