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Odal – “Megagrap Aka Tape For Monopolka” – [Post-Materialization Music]

Naysayer   7/4/2018   A Library, CD

Odal: Peter Zincken has been part of the Dutch noise scene since the 1980’s. His projects include Dr. Bibber, the notorious FCKN BSTRDS, and Odal, this solo project. This release “Megagrap aka Tape For Monopolka” is released through our friend at Post-Materialization via Monopolka, all definitely some fucked up bastards. This brilliant release is one long track, 40:13 of sonic pounding and then a surprise at the end. Imagine being in a wind tunnel or a storm and hearing the pounding sound punching your ears. That’s how this starts, growling, echoey distortion ramped up at hurricane levels. Then, somewhere in the sonic distance you hear a voice, or voices. Is it a radio broadcast? Is it just static with the occasional voice coming in? Would someone please turn the station to the right channel! Then come the screams and yells, male and female, coming from the distance, stuck in the storm or from somewhere worse. They haunt the soundscape and add a full-on disturbing quality to the whole ordeal. This goes on for 30 minutes for an almost trance like experience but then… wait… what is this? At the 30 minute mark the scenario changes. Two boys are playing around with mommy’s or daddy’s tape recorder and are creating quite an irritating, yet oddly hypnotic racket. Boys will be boys and so for 10 minutes they mumble, chant, copy each other, repeating the same phrases over and over starting with “you’re crazy”. If that doesn’t get you the click click click of the stuck tape recorder will. It becomes a different type of trance. Pushing the limits of what’s acceptable.

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