Next tight little release from the indomitable Carter Tutti Void trio (Throbbing Gristle, Factory Floor). f(x) finds them destroying dancefloors with a sharp set of tunes that balance beat-hypnotism with icy synth melodies. This release continues a brief but powerful tradition of excellent material from these three, and is out on the Industrial Records label.
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Things get mathematical on the Carter Tutti Void trio’s next one, the title implying ideally plotted precision. But what emerges upon the pushing of the play button is an LP of imperfect chugging, slow and sinister that’s fairly typical of the creators, them being of Throbbing Gristle and Factory Floor fame.
It’s hard to believe that humble things like the guitar form part of their arsenal. Whirlwinds of almost radiophonic treated noise spit, glide and spook their way across the album, the tortured voices of their previous separate creations combining into an icy banshee howl. The dubby industrial techno beats are muted to let the sound design elements speak louder multiplying their bleakness by an irrational number. Things get a bit more pumping on the mechanical 3rd track called, ahem, ‘f = (2.2)’. The 4x4 kick is more clear, a low scrape grinds in a loop, and suddenly you’re moping around outside Berghain at 7am while the trucks are loading fresh batches of DJ gear with noisy forklifts.
Basically, if you live, breathe and excrete gloom then this will keep you cold during the winter months, but if you like a bit of contrast, even tiny islands of warmth amongst it all, then avoid. Gristle and Can fans won’t need persuading though.
10/10 simsarstuff Customer review, 19th September 2015
In keeping with minimalism of the sleeve :
Its a very dense sound they have sculpted , in fact its almost a solid object of sound . Underneath it all is a low intense throb or hum which is almost on the brink of a dance groove but never resolves , but always in a satisfying way . The second track recalls a machine , very industrial , very Eraserhead .
Breaking through on another track is a distorted vocal phrase.
So much to discover in all these layers . A very intense listen but well worth it .
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