Sugarm: Wasted: God’s Clit (2012) + Ron Tubman + Sugarm: split tape (Hausu Mountain, 2013)

September 28, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | 1 Comment

Sugarm: Wasted: God's Clit

Sugarm: Wasted: God’s Clit

I posted about the first 2 Sugarm digital EP’s on Foxy Digitalis a long time ago, and a second part of Wasted came out and I never got around to posting about it. Both parts are on Bandcamp, but there’s also a tape on Hard Disks as well. God’s Clit explores dilapidated beats, flanging distortion, and abrasive drone. Opener “Achat D’or” has overblown Southern rap drum machine beats and a furious, crunchy synth pattern, ending in a blast of feedback. “Moonshine Mile” starts out quiet and ponderous, but then some sliced, hard-to-follow beats tumble in, the droning starts swooping and swarming, and it gets really confusing and awesome. “Singing Blacktop” has more convoluted drums and is doused with feedback, but then it gets quiet in the middle and a loop of mischievous laughter surfaces, along with more strange rhythms that barely make sense. “Sick Foliage” is a short, slowly growing guitar drone piece, which ends in a fog of effects that segues into “Empties In The Grass”, which ends up with a really lovely piano melody under more brittle distortion. “New Good Friend” is a more distorted cousin of the EP’s first song, but without the drum machine.

Ron Tubman/Sugarm: split tape

Ron Tubman/Sugarm: split tape

Sugarm’s most recent release is a split tape with Ron Tubman, as part of Hausu Mountain’s Mugen series of splits focusing on solo live performances with no overdubs. Sugarm contributes two pieces, the first one (“500 Dollars”) using a theremin and plenty of delay and modulation, and getting pretty harsh and frightening, especially with the use of ghostly canned voices at the end. “Skinjob” is another harsh drone looper, using an old record and concentric feedback loops, and constantly sounding on the verge of combustion. Sugarm’s side is in total contrast to the Ron Tubman side, which is languid looping guitar drone, but with a healthy layer of feedback noise underneath. A few lovely atmospheric melodies surface, and there’s some wild synth oscillations during the second half of the piece.

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  1. […] Sugarm is now just Sug, and his first tape in several years is a long, heavy expedition which questions mortality and earthly existence. It’s very noisy and disjointed, with tripped-out distortion and floating, detached samples flying around heavy beats. It has the usual anything-goes spirit of Hausu Mountain releases, but is a bit noisier and darker than a lot of their releases, yet there’s still a cartoonish playfulness apparent. But there’s some very longform drone examinations here, such as “Silent Spiral”, which ends up sampling some sort of dizzy heavy breathing exercise before the speaker-panned beats jumble in and try really hard to make you lose your mind. “The Wizard Drips” is the shortest piece but it ends up being an entrancing psychic death march. “16 16 16” is a half hour long and takes up the entire second side of the tape, and it features the type of mind-warping that can only be accomplished with an EVI. […]


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