Fragmented Frequencies June 2014

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I first met Drew Daniel (Matmos) earlier this year at Mona Foma, where he DJ’d confusing psychedelic beats and weirdness in a replica space shuttle. At the time we were both still smarting over an incredible set by Taswegian black metal legend Striborg, and he confessed to being a huge fan having religiously collected his music for years. So it comes as little surprise that some 5 months later in his solo guise Soft Pink Truth he’s elected to tackle the genre head on, creating noisy house music covers of black metal icons from Venom to Darkthrone by way of Hellhammer. For Daniel who came to electronic music via punk and industrial, it’s simultaneously a homage and a provocative smart bomb, destined to be lobbed in the midst of this bleak, at times racist and homophobic genre to highlight, and in fact send up many of these ridiculous elements. With his excessively earnest, excessively camp, over the top vocals and beats, he’s suggesting it’s okay to buy into the music without purchasing the bullshit. Oh, and it’s hilarious, particularly when you’re trying to reconcile the moments where you feel like you’ve been transported into a mid 90’s rave at a gay nightclub where the moans of ecstasy intermingle with deep deathly growls and the soul siren’s vocals are about rotting flesh. Why Do The Heathens Rage? Electronic Profanations of Black Metal (Thrill Jockey) is not the first time someone has messed with the laws of black metal, but it is the funniest and most accomplished.

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Francisco Lopez – The Epoche Collection Vol.1: Hyper-Rainforest (Nowhere Worldwide) review at cyclic defrost

“There are numerous unidentified sounds here, and that’s one thing that’s always been so frustrating about Lopez’s work. He forces us to create our own truth, our own representation. You would imagine that not treating his sounds would clarify matters, yet to some extent it does the opposite, and the listener is left with added pressure attempting to identify whether it’s mother nature or animal or something in between. Sometimes though all you can do is make an educated guess and move on. This too is part of the joy of this piece, in a world where there is so much information about almost everything; mystery can become quite a pleasurable experience.”

read full review here

Beatle Barkers Interview on Cyclic Defrost

This is the true story of one of the most unique albums ever released in Australia. It’s a tale of how a former teen heartthrob teamed up with a studio engineer to create one of the most insulting, humorous and plain bizarre albums you could ever hope to hear, sold over 800,000 albums, saved a fledgling record company that also sold steak knives on the side – without ever, until now revealing their true identities.

But wait there’s more!

full interview here