Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander are part of Swedish rock group The Skull Defekts. However, as Saturn And The Sun the duo the make music that centres around cacophonous electronic music and drones. Harsh Realities, Broken Bones & Skin Tones is a 38 minute-long cassette featuring four pieces of such music for your pleasure.
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 06 August 2015
Drone tapes are pretty great, I think we can all agree on that. Take a tape to your grandma’s house; shuffle your feet on her new carpet; record it. The three mighty steps of drone. Buy a flower pot; accidentally drop it; record it. The three mighty steps of drone. In this case, two Swedish rockers from the Skull Defekts have put their band on temporary leave, grabbed some gnarly electronics and composed some bitty sounds. The three. Steps. Of drone. Knowing that the best way to prepare people for this kind of music is by putting the word “harsh” front and centre, they’ve called this noisy cacophony ‘Harsh Realities, Broken Bones and Skull Tones’.
We’ll investigate whether this is the first drone record to have a rhyme in its title later; for those of you who know of Tapeworm’s previous output with Oren Ambarchi, Dale Cornish and Paul Williams, you’ll know this is a serious and sonorous affair. In particular, these long, lopsided compositions throb with subliminally metallic sounds, overboard feedback and screeching electronics that gulp their way to climax the way Scott Walker’s voice does. Saturn and the Sun rests on the idea that a continuum of sounds always eventually ascends into noise, and the results are very nice indeed -- if the word nice was stripped of all its previous connotations.
‘Harsh Realities’ occasionally sounds propulsive and full of forward-motion -- it’s almost enough to appeal to fans Prurient’s most recent work, though the way it presents these moments leans on power electronics at times, testing the ears rather than providing them with a through-line. For the most part, though, this is drone that immerses the listener instead of pushing them back. Tapeworm, as ever, is the most apt name a label releasing this kind of music could have.
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