Carter Tutti Void - the industrial music supergroup made up of Chris Carter, Cosey Fanni Tutti and Nik Colk Void - say that Triumvirate will be their final LP together. Let’s all appreciate this lot while we can, then. Sounds like … well it sounds exactly like what you get when you link up two former members of Throbbing Gristle with one half of Factory Floor.
Vinyl LP £21.60 CTICTVLP2019
LP on Conspiracy International.
CD £12.49 CTICTVCD2019
CD on Conspiracy International.
Surprise test! How many members of Carter Tutti Void are there?
Did you say three? Well done, that’s the correct answer. How ever did you know?
‘Triumvirate’ is the three-piece’s third album and sees them taking a slightly more *ahem* free approach to their music. ‘Transverse’ and ‘f (x)’ were both uncompromising and industrial, but saw the band reigning in some of their best instincts. They stomped happily along, playing in the space forged by Carter and Tutti’s time in Throbbing Gristle, but they were missing some colour, some playfulness.
While Factory Floor were still a three-piece, Nik Void spent most of her time playing the guitar and singing. Well by “playing the guitar” I mean “hitting a guitar with a drumstick” and by “singing” I mean “using an effects pedal to make horrible sounds”. This provided the band with a sense of spontaneity they wouldn’t have had otherwise. And now on ‘Triumvirate’ Void and Tutti are doing much the same thing. Over the top of chunky bass and clunking percussion their shredding and half whispered vocals make for an album of half-improvised jams that are impossible to pin down. You may be able to anticipate Carter’s beats but you certainly can't anything else.
‘Triumvirate’ will be Carter Tutti Void’s last record together (at least for the time being) so I’m glad after two albums of monochromatic industrial jams they’ve found the room for some colour in their music. Minimalism is always more exciting when it’s a little bit chaotic.
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