Kaumwald are too rhythmic to be a full-on electroacoustic / noise group, but too gorgeously messy to be straight techno producers. This isn’t some cheap ‘noise techno’ either, but a thick morass of textures: harsh bass blasts, fiddly clicks, heavily-processed vocals and plenty else besides. Something you can really sink your claws into. Latest LP Rapa Nui Clan is out on Opal Tapes.
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A new LP on Opal Tapes can only spell more weirdness for your already warped ears and mind. This time, it’s from a patient duo hailing from France, Ernest Bergez and Clement Vercelletto. Discogs tells me that there’s a third member called ‘Sourdure’ but I’m pretty sure this is what they’ll be making the next generations of hip pizzas out of.
I heard you like noise. Well you’ve come to the right place. This is noisy electroacoustic destructery that spends much of its time reined in, rather than giving you the full-blast noise wall treatment. There’s a strong emphasis on rhythmic elements here too, with steady, slow-burning ‘kicks’ attempting to unify the myriad monsters that Kaumwald conjure. Take the titular number ‘Rapa Nui Clan’ for instance, which would be a very difficult sound collage if not for the constant thump underneath it all. As a result, it’s only mildly difficult, but difficult nonetheless, especially when those tense hints of tonal melody overflow into alien screams. But that’s what I’m saying, these pockets of maximal intensity are confined to few moments across the record. Fans of Lumisokea, take note.
The majority of the time, clicky or airy textures prevail, building tension through frailty and a constant rhythm. Obviously from a sound design perspective, it’s brilliant, with intricate noises battling with those that verge on the ridiculous. Some of this shit shouldn’t even exist. But it does. And it’s coming to get you.
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