A collaboration between Boston noise stalwarts Brendan Murray and Howard Stelzer, bringing together an array of sound making devices of varying states of disrepair. The fractured nature of the instrumentation is perceivable on this tape, which is openly gritty, though always about to tip into the ethereal.
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Sweet Christmas, this tape from Brendan Murray and Howard Stelzer is doing some weird shit to me… the first fifteen-minute track has vaporised me and left my component particles hovering above where I was sitting. Like I’ve been transformed from a solid into a gas which is being sucked up by some vaporous interdimensional entity that's inhaling and exhaling me. The second piece feels like I’m inside some huge metallic cylinder that's gently rotating until the plug gets pulled and am left with the eerie static hum of electricity, from inside which something appears to be communicating, as though the current were possessed.
I return to earth to flip the tape and am plummeted into a bitterly cold place where glistening metallic drones map out gargantuan ice structures which vanish into a whiteout. Then the storm comes. One the final track I become an ancient ball of fluff stuck behind a radiator in fine Eraserhead / Kevin Drumm style, before suddenly, I have no idea where the fuck or what I am.
I prefer to enjoy the effects this music has on me and talk about where it takes me, rather than try to figure out exactly what the artists are using and how they’re doing it. You can read about that stuff elsewhere, cuz I don’t wanna spoil the magic. It’s like telling little kids there’s no such thing as Santa.
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