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- The Ideal Black by Joachim Nordwall
8/10 Ant Staff review, 02 February 2017
Not that I’m a masochist or anything, but I do enjoy the thrill of being physically pummeled by sound. Currently the new LP from Skull Defekt and iDEAL Recordings bossman Joachim Nordwall is giving me a good seeing to. But, like the recent Emptyset album on Thrill Jockey, I can’t help but feel you’re only getting half of the experience on record i.e I wanna be physically in the fucking recording space with them and getting twatted up good and proper by relentless sound pushing the air.
On ‘The Ideal Black’ pushing the air is precisely what Nordwall is up to - these electroacoustic recordings capture the man unleashing huge slabs of sound that’ll rattle the fillings out of yer teeth. Using tone generators and huge amplifiers he sets the recording space vibrating and rattling - embracing the resulting “noise” most artists would desperately seek to reduce. Drums are seemingly being played by bass - if you know what I mean.
The second track ‘Great Mind of Fire’ is tormenting me in the best possible way - absorbing the sounds feels something like succumbing to demonic possession. That particular cut is by far the standout to my ears, but the final number, the appropriately titled ‘Black Out’ isn’t short of a hefty dose of terror either. At one point I felt like I was gonna be plunged into total darkness and get stabbed up.
Heavy stuff, that ought to be cranked up as loud as you can get away with before receiving an Abatement Notice from you local council - lookout, this one could crush the neighbours souls.
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