WAVES CRASHING PIANO CHORDS - I CAN'T GET THE TASTE OFF MY TONGUE
Infamous New York power electronics titan Waves Crashing Piano Chords, the recording alias of Sean Beard, is arguably one of the most popular and respected acts in the American noise scene. With his confrontational stage presence, intense, unapologetic persona, and visually intimidating aesthetics, Waves Crashing Piano Chords blurs lines, crosses boundaries, and frankly doesn't give a fuck about your safety bubble during his performances. As with many controversial performers - especially in the extreme genres of "music" such as noise - most artists because more well-known for their live antics and violence, many of these becoming the works of legend. However, few noise artists are able to transpose the intensity, harshness, uneasiness, and aural anxiety of their live performances onto a recording quite like WCPC. And nowhere in this performer's catalog is that more evidenced than in "I Can't Get The Taste Off My Tongue".
Self-proclaimed as his "proudest release", WCPC starts this release off rumbling, loud, and intense. With what sounds like cymbals crashing under walls of high-end static and feedback, WCPC crackles, explodes, and throws his noise at the listener. This is one of the few releases I've listened to where listening to this record at absolute full volume almost becomes overbearing and caustic - and I mean that in the best way possible. The sounds radiate and drop down in reverb-soaked exhales - very much so reminiscent of his live performances - only to elevate back up without warning into these cacophonous scream-fests from what sounds like a performer who has truly left all inhibitions at the door.
Pure, true, unfiltered, and unapologetic Power Electronics from one of the few American Noise artists who are still content with not pleasing everyone, and hopefully creating an enemy or two along the way. This is a strongly recommended listen for anyone looking for the most extreme and abrasive examples of Harsh Noise/Power Electronics.