Crank St.urge.on – “Drastic Ishmael Effects” – [Monopolka]
Holy Fuck. Crank Sturgeon, hailing from Maine, is a god of noise, musique concrete, found sound, etc. and he knows what he is doing. You know when you listen to something and the sound is right and you say, “Man, this person really is good.”?…. Crank Sturgeon. On a par with Nurse With Wound’s brilliant “Sylvie and Babs” album, “Drastic Ishmael Effects” is a faster more chaotic version of the same themes of popular culture churned up and slashed in rapid fire sound bitebyte succession. The tracks are so fast and humorous and satisfyingly disturbing. Insanity can be fun with culture trash. Crank tears it up. Crank talks along with one word repeated over and over from a sound clip. Crank takes an exercise recording, gets it stuck then folds it, twists it, layers it, distorts it to satisfying proportion. “He wants to ride me like a horse” will forever stick in your sonic wormhole. The CD skipping sound is intentional.