Now that The Skull Defekts no longer exists, Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander have had to find other ways to fill their days and satisfy their creative impulses. In Love With The Extreme is by the pair's Saturn And The Sun project on which they take a visceral approach to minimal electronic music.
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In Love With The Extreme? I can dig it! So much music and so little time, but there was no way this sucka was getting away without me vomiting a few choice words on the page. I finally got around to cranking it up proper while cooking a chilli and was totally captivated by this wee gem from former Skull Defekts Joachim Nordwall and Henrik Rylander. I definitely recommend tweaking the volume up a few notches for maximum impact on this album…
Not sure exactly how they conjure this sound - it could almost be no input mixer + f/x but whatever it is they’re doing to make things buzz, it sounds like they’re attempting to tame some malevolent force that’s possessed the voltage. The smouldering opening title cut simmers with seething feedback and tenderly pulverizes with a spiteful techno pulse. The vibe is ominous - as though something deeply unpleasant were lurking in the shadows. ‘Saturn War Chant’ takes a simple, rudimentary, whacked out pure electronic downer buzz and loops the hell out of it. It creeps and snarls along, becoming ultra-menacing - like some dying entity trapped inside the circuits, gasping for breath. ‘Cross The Line’ is more ghoulish still - a slow crawl of smacked out tortured entities quietly begging for mercy. ‘Pleasure Is Relief’ is a killer closing track - the sound of pure electricity transmitting ghostly communications from the other side, like some sorta EVP in an unknown language.
Think olde Wolf Eyes at their creepiest, meets Pan Sonic, meets Nurse With Wound’s feedback sorcery of ‘Soliliqy For Lilith’ meets CM Von Hausswolff’s ‘Operations Of Spirit Communication’ and you’re halfway there.
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