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This release by German Army (possibly not the actual german army) in collaboration with Russian crew Old Komm is an ‘imaginary soundtrack’ to the film Disquiet. The vibe is heavy and industrial and dark, with passages of beats and vocals rubbing up against other passages of malevolent ambience. LP release on Discrepant.
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OK. So, you know we do ‘weird’, don’t you. Well that’s good. Because there is weird and there is Norman weird. This record falls firmly into the latter category. The deal is this: Russian occultists (Old Komm) combine with serious electronicists (called ‘German Army’) to make an imagined soundtrack to a lost 1976 Russian-American dystopian classic film, ‘Disquiet’. A child is born in a post-apocalyptic world… post-neoliberalism etc… “a whirlwind of looting, men feed on men…” God, let’s hope that never happens. Eh?
The combination between the musicians / archivists works well. The opening track -- from the Russian contingent Old Komm -- features field recordings of the distinctly unsettling variety. Howling wind, an old crooner sings a sad song all ghostly in the ether; crackling and the cawing of crows / fighting of cats (you decide). Either way it’s bloody terrifying. Onto the ensuing track then by the Californians; German Army bring in the edgy beats and drones on track two, ‘Arca’ and Throbbing Gristle-type moody electro on ‘No Roles’. Andy Weatherall should love this. The track blends into the sounds of the sea and other oceanic sounds and synth washes.
Side B opens with more ominous, eerie electro with throbbing bass and dusty drum machine with an echoey guitar and muffled voice -- moaning on ‘The Bonobo Sect’ and spoken-sung on ‘Okapi’. All dirty and distorted. Larvely. I don’t need to see the film now, thanks. I’ll make up my own now I have the music to soundtrack it. Sorted.
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