Ominous industrial drone from New York based artist MV Carbon. On The Sun Will Turn on You she mangles noisy homemade synths with processed cello, for a sound which could be the imaginary score to the bleakest John Carpenter film. This edition of 250 from Discombobulate comes on striking red vinyl, obviously.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 21 January 2016
The New York underbelly does sometimes bear children that are both interesting and weird it seems. Robin and perhaps nobody else will recognise Kayo Dot, a strange creature born from modern classical, avant-rock and death metal whose first few albums were surprisingly amazing. The reason I mention them is because the voice of MV Carbon, with its abyssal echo, sounds like the female version of KD front Toby Driver. Same city, similar voice, that warrants a mention in a review perhaps.
The main difference between them, other than the fact that Kayo Dot requires a full band to accomplish their sound while MV Carbon is just a single lady, is that there is no rock found here. Not even a smidgen of a guitar really. Instead, you have loosely assembled, semi-shoddy electronic sounds that act as the backdrop for her echoed and sundered voice to sing cold nothings into your ears. Synth oscillators rear either low and droning or high and arcadey. Layers whirr, cycle and creak like a rarely-oiled machine, the grinding of metropolitan industry never far from the sound stage. Her cello says hello for a few moments, but you wouldn’t recognise it, buried in its distorted grave. You’d be a fool to call her the modern Arthur Russell; while the frailty and vagueness is definitely there in the songwriting, the instrumentation and feelings that MV Carbon convey are much more tense and well, almost violent. I mean, I’m pretty sure there’s even a sample of Ueno Masaaki’s insane irregular technoid thrash from Vortices on ‘All You Have’.
NY avant-garde, you have a place at Norman.
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