Infinite Body: Avolition LP (Isounderscore, 2015)January 11, 2016 at 11:08 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Out of all the drone/noise artists I was into 5 or 6 years ago, Infinite Body was the one who seemed to make the biggest impact with a handful of releases only to sink without a trace (runner-up: the considerably more prolific Red Electric Rainbow). 2010’s Carve Out The Face Of My God was an exceptional album that tipped harsh noise into stunning, gorgeous melodic ambience. And then, nothing. Finally, he’s re-emerged with this short LP on Isounderscore, which has similarly been out of the game for a few years. The holographic artwork on this LP is out of this world as it is, and then the album’s first track “Slow of Heart” seems to set the album’s cover in motion, with criss-crossing time-stretched noise loops and solemn pianos underneath. Sean McCann mastered this album, and this track definitely has a similar “how the hell does he create these sounds?” quality in common with McCann’s work. “Enlacing” follows, practicing sample surgery with an unsuspecting pop diva and cross-stitching it with a buzzing (yet melodic and rhythmic) blanket of noise. On the second side, “Empyrean” is a shimmering, moonlit stroll with neon pulses and foggy horns. “All Things Made New” starts out with a woozy organ drone (the kind that makes you expect Prince to appear and say “Dearly beloved…”) and from then on it merges into a heavenly chorus-like synth drone. Seriously, I’ve been waiting for this record for 5 years and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest.