Liz Allbee/Hans Grusel: Strategies For Failure/Zuckerkrieg (Part I) split LP (Resipiscent, 2014)May 4, 2014 at 10:23 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Liz Allbee’s side starts with an ominous, bassy sine wave that hobbles along for a while, combined with softly spoken lyrics and screeching, yet muted trumpet. Then at 7 minutes it explodes into the best searing, shredding noise burst I’ve heard all year, just drilling into your ears at different angles with several different instruments with different serrated edges. It feels great. Then there’s spare notes of trumpet, spaced out over several minutes, then an elongated piano note, and slowly spaced out bass thumps, and strange spitting and scowling noises. Snorting, coughing, even meowing. Partly sung poetry about pills and your medicine lasting longer, and mournful trumpets. Hans Grusel’s side starts with building, overlapping heartbeat-like electronic thumps, crawls through some shifting electronic waves, then tapping rain and creaking sounds. The rain starts to feel like it’s falling backwards. It gets really windy. Then there’s crunching, squealing, glitching machine sounds, and thumpy beats. It gets swarming and intense and kind of queasy (I’m thinking like Cotton Museum but with more non-electronic instruments in the mix) but not overtly harsh. It swells up, but it doesn’t burst or really peak, and it just kind of fades out before the end.