ALOCASIA GARDEN - SKIN OF ASH AND VEINS LIKE WIRE
The personal and emotional aspect of noise is one that should never be overlooked. Already a prolific and aesthetically-conscious genre, noise - and most of if not all of the subgenres it encompasses - also possesses such an allowance of invasion from its performers. More often than not, artists allow, want - or perhaps force - their own independent worlds of personal turmoil onto the listeners. Many projects adhere to this philosophy of self-release, but few do it with as much conviction as ALOCASIA GARDEN.
UK synth noise outfit ALOCASIA GARDEN has graced listeners once again with a short, yet soaring release. Borrowing sounds from Ramleh, Puce Mary, and even some of Prurient's more melodic work (think "Pleasure Ground"), this project releases some of the most tortured and depressingly beautiful synth-noise this reviewer has heard in years.
Composed of 2 tracks, this release starts strong with "Skin Of Ash". Starting off with what almost sounds like black metal influence, the track's melodic soundscapes soon soar and swoon and incorporate a static, piercing assault of electronics. The next track "Veins Like Wire" picks up where the last track left off, with a more brittle, thin sounding synth chord before the tracks grows and grows, incorporating low, dissonant hums and claustrophobic atmospheres complemented by harsh electronics in the vein of Japan's Hijokaidan.
Exhibiting restrain and proper execution, this is a personal and mature piece of noise music. ALOCASIA GARDEN prove once again that the UK has some of the most promising and engaging acts in the modern scope of noise. Do not sleep on this project.