Persher: Man with the Magic Soap (Thrill Jockey, 2022)

October 19, 2022 at 8:48 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Persher: Man with the Magic Soap

In one of the least expected directional shifts of the year, techno producers Blawan and Pariah, otherwise known for their live analog collaboration Karenn, made a noisy industrial metal record and Thrill Jockey is putting it out. The modular textures are still present, but there’s demonic growling and overwhelming distortion. Punkish blasts like “Ten Tiny Teeth” provide the most energy, but there’s also dense, bludgeoning industrial tracks like “World Sandwiches 2”, and “Patch of Wet Ground” has some convulsing blastbeats and sinister riffs. “Calf” is really the only track that slows down and gives at least a little room to breathe. Skinny Puppy going sludge metal is the only top-of-the-head comparison I can think of for parts of this album, and that’s not really even close.

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