Former Birchville Cat Motel dweller Campbell Kneale is resurrected as Our Love Will Destroy The World! Carnivorous Rainbow, on the excellent Ba Da Bing label, coalesces itself as a big bright hazy slab of psychedelic noise action, reminding this listener of another Campbell, he of Astral Social Club fame.
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Sometimes noise surges can be as pleasant as they are pugnant, and there are none so vile and kindly as Campbell Kneale. A maker of dissonance and a feedback vendor of the highest, Kneale here continues his apocalyptically titled Our Love Will Destroy The World project, which is reaching its first milestone. Under OLWDTW, Kneale sounds like someone calmly wading through a sea of shit -- the frequencies are unbearable and the layers of sound all contradict each other, but it’s presented as if it’s the norm. I suppose it is, for Kneale: gruesome drone is his day to day.
Kneale’s music is formally harsh, but it has its touchstones in those who are able to beautify feedback. Skullflower’s ‘Draconis’ comes to mind most immediately when hearing the whirring intensity with which ‘Carnivorous Rainbow’ begins, and the way he drags these spectral sounds through a percussive march on “Fuzz Leigon Majesty” is equally reminiscent of that band’s resurgence. At times he’s able to degenerate into total dissonance and then bring it back around a recognisable mantra, much in the way Neil Campbell does for Astral Social Club. There are things to grasp onto, basically -- though sometimes getting lost in the squalor is its own treat.
A hi-hat rhythm brings “Miniature Bambi Superland” out of its slumber, suggesting the playful way Kneale treats his music -- he doesn’t limit himself to drone or noise but uses them as notes on a larger script. This track leads into “Hodes Iron Horizon”, a nauseating drone that weighs down on you like humid air. Maybe I’m just projecting, there, but this is an elemental record, one that’s felt quite physically. At a time when a lot of music like this is just heard passively, that’s a welcome change.
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