Album Review

Al Qaeda / NRYY [coll] – [Silent Novels]

cinder   7/28/2011   A Library, CD

A dark split release from Al Qaeda – San Francisco, and NRYY (noise re yacky) – Osaka, Japan. Al Qaeda’s track brings dark looming longing until about halfway where it switches the pace. A quick little skipping record treat, then it tosses you into a melancholy guitar space with regurgitating grumbles laid underneath. Somewhat fuzzed and static. NRYY has more of an electronic approach. Sounds like they had fun with the knobs, as many experimental electronic Japanese aritsts do. Pitching and warping some sharp sounds, over a looped Muslimgauze style beat. The ending of their first track is a magical frozen icicle treat. Their second track sounds like a soundtrack to a ’70s science fiction thriller. Warbling and bouncing of electronics for the first 10 minutes, then it blends into a nice beat before descending into the pit of noise. That track actually goes all over the place, my pick for best of the 3.

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