Having successfully collaborated on a few 3” CDs, Bass Communion and Firebrand now take it to the vinyl with this Split on Important Records. The sound of the pieces within range from the expectedly delicate and eerie ambient sounds to bursts of powerful noise: these two keep you guessing. 500 LP copies on Important Records.
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- Split by Bass Communion / Freiband
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 07 October 2015
Steven Wilson’s got his fingers in all the pies. He’s collaborated with all the cool cats, but what about Mr. de Waald aka Freiband? I mean, he’s worked with Machinefabriek, but then, who hasn’t these days? Truth be told I’m not familiar with the Freiband stuff but I bet they’re both gonna get noizy here.
Yup, they did. The A side features a wailing, feedbacking guitar completely lost in a cyclone of static and recorded fields that are probably not fields but shopping meccas and vehicle streets. As I said though, static. STATIC. Some spectral imprints of sounds like mechanical shaker loops and melodic bleeps hang about for a bit before dying of static poisoning once more. Near the end, Steve tunes the radio to a different station, lowering the static to a hollow roar before unveiling the raw sounds themselves, and they’re nuts. Weird cycles of locomotive repurposed technology rise and fall, stab and bristle. It’s the sort of harsh electronic noise tortures that Merzbow indulges in - imagine Pierre Schaeffer being forced to make music after a heavy night on the wine with nothing but a guitar amp and a trolley for instruments.
The B side is more subtle and flowing, with only one weird sound object at a time occurring atop a yawning drone. I think they’re actually better when they strip it back like this; the first side seemed a bit haphazard. Some noise here, a metallic loop there. Too busy. This one holds tension and intrigue like a good cup holds water.
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