JT Whitfield: s/t LP (Rural Isolation Project, 2016)May 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Austin’s Rural Isolation Project label has put out a few harsh, singeing, brutal, excellent LPs, but so far they’ve all been by Quttinirpaaq. Following a few cassettes, JT Whitfield has emerged on the label with another unforgiving listen. “Crawling Homes” grabs your attention immediately, with power electronics blasts and then a throbbing, convulsing industrial beat. “Hunting and Ingrown” starts quiet, then quickly plunges into thick, distorted noise. A spare, big-drum beat begins, and the noise bursts flare around it. It doesn’t exactly get brighter, but it gets less harsh as it goes. The second side is super bleak, though. “Pemphigoid” is seven minutes of droning and something violently crashing inside a huge, abandoned factory. And “Quarto Plate” sounds like something stumbling around and occasionally exploding and being shocked. For nine minutes. Super disturbing. Enter if you dare at Bandcamp.