Bagman/Striations [coll] – [412 Recordings]
Bagman is recognisably British, seemingly with a very traditionalist approach, and it’s not just the BBC samples. The first track is where this is most audible, and it is also apparent in his choice of subjects, who are all from the UK. Bagman’s vocal delivery is sometimes rather calm yet still impossible to understand, which is not something you hear much these days. He also employs the screechy ‘what did Mummy say?!’ falsetto at times. I do love a good traditional piece. The electronics range from buzzing to screeching to zaps. Sutcliffe Jugend, Whitehouse, etc.. ‘Derrick Bird’ in particular is really delightful. Pip pip.
Striations (Oakland) presents his first release, which has a stronger focus on sexuality and a particular emphasis on subjects who targeted women. Striations’ style is characterised by a sense of restraint (in its execution) and control, though it is not minimalistic. Those tracks which reference specific killers explore Jerome Brudos, a clothing fetishist obsessed with womens’ shoes and underwear, and Dennis Rader, loving father of two and the BTK Killer (that’d be ‘Bind, Torture, Kill’, kids). Rader’s track features his infamously familiar testimony, in which he calls his primary victims by their first names and describes their encounters with strikingly delicate language, while Brudos’ is a laundry list of acts and victims read by a woman. Electronics slither, rotate, screech and whine. Sometimes they sound distressed and suffering, at other times they approach music like an orchestra tuning. Always wait until after the deed is done.