Straight out of Bristol comes the shiny neo-noise of Silver Waves, a project that runs in the same scenes as the prolific Young Echo collective. The tracks on EP3 are plenty harsh, but also rhythmically informed by bass music. More hi-fi and crystal clear than most of yer noise too. 2 new tracks, with a remix of each by Ossia and the excellent Giant Swan.
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I have not heard Bristolians Silver Waves until now, but the best way I can find to describe them is like if Silver Apples had been born 20 years ago into a world of digital soundmangling instead of analog buffoonery. Imagine if they got to know Aphex, u-ziq and Alva Noto during their youth and now channel those starting points into dark, brutal breakbeat nightmares.
I can almost hear Garth Marenghi narrating over this, except instead of describing blood in 10 different ways, discussing the overt industrial and IDM noise influences on EP3. Brooding drones are overshadowed by hammering bullets of percussion and raw feedback screeches. It’s like Roly Porter’s Third Law in jungle terms, also recalling the textural qualities of mid-2000s productions of Vex’d such as Cloud Seed. No dubstep here though, it’s much more insistent on giving you a percussion concussion than those dubbers. Saying that, the second side sorta comes close, dropping the tempo but then clangclangclangclang. No intensity lost.
If you’re a fan of music that sounds like “awake brain surgery” (thanks Ian) or “when you think you’re going to Mars but end up on a ship with Alien” (thanks Robz), then look no further. Folks that like Ramleh, Roly Porter or anything on Raster Noton should give this a chance, if your brains aren’t already scrambled egg.
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