Album Review

Birchville Cat Motel – “Bird Sister Blasphemy” – [C.Psi.P]

surferrosa   10/31/2011   A Library, CD

Birchville Cat Motel is a one man band courtesy of Campbell Kneale coming straight from New Zealand, land of rainforests, breathtaking beaches, exotic birds and seizure educing noise. The music here is saturated with gritty, scraping, T.V-static style fuzz, filthy rumbling drones, feedback and ominous oscillations. Track 1 starts off with a full deceptive minute of low key, melodic noodling before it descends into noisy ear-hell for the remainder of the album. #1 is the most tangible of the four tracks, with drums and bass keeping a beat behind guitar chaos. There is a vague sense of rhythm on this album, but mostly it seems to be an exploration in wall of sound, saturated noise. The album ends with drones, chanting, chines and 30 seconds of silence. Songs track together to make for 26 minutes of pure fun. -Surfer Rosa

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