Album Review

Sandoz Lab Technicians – “Let Me Lose My Mind Gracefully” – [Corpus Hermeticum]

surferrosa   1/18/2012   A Library, CD

New Zealand never seems to fail when it comes to delivering the noise.. this release, a piece recoded live in 1997 by the Sandoz Lab Technicians is no exception. What you have here is one 36 minute, improvised journey through the universe of bad trips and spaceous sound. The track begins with the clutter and clamour of an occupied room as ringing guitar feedback fades in, piercing your brain with the bends, moans, hums and clicks of a screeching distortion pedal and some guy standing way to close to his amp. Sounds of precussion, flutes, the tinks and taps of the glockenspiel (or toy piano?) fade in and out as the soundscape shifts in between thick and thin, busy and minimal. This is very much a stream of conciouseness. Its noodly like a bowl of spaghetti laced with bad LSD. This is 36 minutes of tense chaos and unsettling calm, just don’t wait for it go anywhere, because it doesn’t. -Surfer Rosa

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