Album Review

Cardboard Sax / Wasteland Jazz Unit [coll] – [Community College]

whngr   1/26/2021   12-inch, A Library

Two side-long noise tracks on this limited split from College Records (Ohio). Side A being the gentler and slightly more varied than the reverse. Though the woodwinds and horns credited to the album would imply some kind recognizable sounds, in fact the recording, amplification, and manipulation of these instruments mostly obfuscates the origin of these often cacophonous oddities.

A.) Cardboard Sax: Crunchy rumbles, echoing scrapes of feedback, thumps, whirs, and chirps. (John Olson, Holly Young, Daniel Dlugosielski)

B.) Wasteland Jazz Unit: Undulating harsh drone, amplifier abuse, in-the-red brown noise, shards of dissonance. (John Rich, Jon Lorenz)

This collection reminds this miserable volunteer of a migraine headache. Untenable and tumultuous, side A being the auras and onset, side B the full-on, hide in the dark, isolation and endure, cranium crushing existential crisis. You’ll have 16 minutes per side to revel in the abuse of your audience and plot your escape from Master Studio.

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