Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VOMIR // POETE MAUDIT SPLIT - REVIEW


VOMIR // POETE MAUDIT 

I'm extremely fortunate to have such talented friends in the noise community. Furthermore, I'm even more fortunate to be able to see them collaborate with prominent figures in the world of noise. On this split we see the Michigan experimental/avant-garde/power electronics unit known as Poète Maudit teaming up with the French Harsh Noise Wall legend VOMIR, coming together to bring listeners a release that is as polar as it is challenging. 

What can I say about the French Harsh Noise Wall titan VOMIR that hasn't already been said? On this release we see VOMIR do exactly what we'd expect VOMIR to do: crush listeners with a monolithic, bleak, depressingly harsh, directionless and unchanging wall of distortion and rage. VOMIR tends to be a "love him or hate him" figure in the world of noise, and I happen to find his work always hypnotic and entrancing. While this isn't my favorite wall of his, it is certainly not disappointing by any means and will satisfy his devoted fanbase. 

As for the Poète Maudit side, the sound is much more varied. Sounding like a hybrid of John Cage, Xela, Brian Eno, Tim Hecker, and perhaps even a Gnaw Their Tongues b-side, this Michigan project shows an understanding of atmosphere and musical tension and process far beyond his years. The track is truly eerie and beautiful, and its darkness and overarching, subtle crescendo leaves the listener with a strong satisfaction. 

Two very different artists in the noise world have come together to make one of the strongest splits of the year. Do yourself a favor and pick this up from the label Uninvited Records.

Listen: http://uninvitedrecords.bandcamp.com/album/vomir-po-te-maudit-split


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