The 22nd Wire Tapper comes with this month’s copy of the mag. It’s one of the strongest and most diverse yet – a great improvement on #21. Rather than write a long spiel, here’s 20 tracks in 20 sentences.
- Stearica feat. Dälek. Big beats, distorted viola and all round heaviness combined with MC Dälek at his most downbeat, a magnificent start.
- Arturas Bumsteinas String Quartet. Effective combination of melancholy drones and free violin lines.
- Shits and Giggles. Stoned hippies with a deluded sense of their own wit and neatly summed up by the first four letters of their name.
- Zenlo. Primitive sounding collision between early Cabaret Voltaire and Little Walter – great stuff.
- Marcus Maeder. Near total silence punctuated by occasional quiet electronic rumbles.
- Yoshio Machida. An excerpt from a live improvised piece using steel pans (they sound like steel drum – the same thing?) that turns something that’s usually joyous and danceable into something almost eerie and otherworldly – probably best heard in its unedited form for full effect.
- Tomoyoshi Date & Corey Fuller. Beautiful poetic meditations over a melancholy backdrop of piano and electronics that are moving even if you don’t speak a word of Japanese.
- Elodie Lauten. Excellent rolling, tumbling piano improvisation.
- Clang Syne. Crepescular folk-noise that’s a little like Baxters’ era Jefferson Airplane but looser and darker; potentially a real find.
- Climax Golden Twins. A little lame – Chinese scales played on acoustic guitars with no real gusto or tempo and ending up sounding like a learner’s piece.
- Netherworld. Right up my street, this, a hypnotic, classical loop-based concoction of field samples of glaciers that slides along eerily until its sudden stop.
- 10-20. An M M & M favourite, “Athens” is another winner that sets off like a bunch of pinball machines on speed before it begins to clear into a heavy machine-like rhythm.
- Franck Vigroux. Wow! One for Pan Sonic fans as electronic pulses are swathed in bursts of noise like high velocity wind, building up a momentum all the way until the circuits seem to fizz and burn with electricity overload.
- Arrington de Dionyso. A scary combination of roaring throat-singing, pounding drums, fucked-up organ and bursts of reed – like Beefheart crossed with a very angry grizzly bear (the animal, not the band)
- Pink Mountain. A fun and gloriously heavy combination of pounding psychedelic doom metal and “Astronomy Dominie” type vocal harmonies.
- Jørgen Plaetner. Nearly fifty year old electronic music based on oscillators and frequency pitching that doesn’t sound nearly as dated as it might, in fact it’s dark and engrossing.
- Angkorwat. Pleasing laptop funk with strange wailing voices that sounds like it was recorded through a battered transistor radio.
- Abreator. Bass-heavy Autechre beats combined with a droning analogue organ melody that gives the speakers a good shaking.
- Oki Dokie. 74 seconds of machine driven hardcore – the missing link between Minor Threat and Nine Inch Nails
- Keyboard Choir. A beautiful way to end proceedings with a nocturnal, Eno-esque keyboard melody full of a cosmic sadness.
1. Stearica feat. Dälek – Occhio (edit)
2. Arturas Bumsteinas String Quartet – Karlstad
3. Shits and Giggles – Ripcord
4. Zenlo – The Crab
5. Marcus Maeder – Quadrate
6. Yoshio Machida – Setagaya Art Museum, Sep 28 2008
7. Tomoyoshi Date & Corey Fuller – Seiya
8. Elodie Lauten – Cat Counterpoint
9. Clang Syne – A Death and a Vision
10. Climax Golden Twins – Chinese
11. Netherworld – Aurora Borealis
12. 10-20 – Athens
13. Franck Vigroux – New York
14. Arrington de Dionyso – Rasa Sentuh
15. Pink Mountain – Ditch Witch
16. Jørgen Plaetner – Beta 1962-63
17. Angkorwat – Big / Little Edie
18. Abreator – Flagg
19. Oki Dokie – The Monad
20. Keyboard Choir – Tokyo at Night