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Album Review

Golden Oriole – “Golden Oriole” – [Drid Machine Records]

lexi glass   9/5/2017   12-inch, A Library

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New strangeness from Stavanger courtesy of Drid Machine, the label founded by friend of the station Kjetil Davies Brandsdal (Noxagt, Ultralyd). Golden Oriole is the new noise rock project of guitarist Kristoffer Riis and drummer Thore Warland from Staer, picking up where they left off with that band’s last release, the 2016 EP “Collapse of Ancient Funk.” But you wouldn’t guess that from the first few moments of this slab of white vinyl (“The Approaching of the Disco Void”, T1), as twisting metallic echoes, like they were ripped from a dark ambient record, set a mysterious mood. But out of nowhere, the drums and guitar kick in, riding a deranged groove until the six minute mark, when the duo shifts into higher gear with faster percussion, eerie electronics, and repetitive, rough-edged guitar work. In “The Chrysopoeia of the Trilithon Ass” (T2) Riis sustains a driving, prog-precision rhythm as Thore’s guitar swerves and snarls. “The Pyrite Wink” (T3) begins with electronic tones before the drums and guitar come crashing in again from all angles to wage an extended onslaught. Alchemical transformations of noise, prog, blues, ambient, jazz, and psych into pure Norwave gold.

you heard it 36 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 312 days ago, Lucifer Rosa played The Approaching of The Disco Void
  • 435 days ago, Kai Sync played The Chrysopoeia of The Trilithon Ass
  • 523 days ago, Monotone Heroine played The Pyrite Wink
  • 600 days ago, Monotone Heroine played The Chrysopoeia of The Trilithon Ass
  • 602 days ago, Phil Phactor played The Pyrite Wink
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