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Nurse with Wound - Jim O'Rourke — Angry Eelectric Finger 1 - Tape Monkey Mooch
(Beta-lactam Ring mt085b, 2004, 3CD)

Nurse with Wound - Cyclobe — Angry Eelectric Finger 2 - Paraparaparallelogrammatica
(Beta-lactam Ring mt086b, 2004, CD)

Nurse with Wound - irr. app. (ext.) — Angry Eelectric Finger 3 - Mute Bell Extinction Process
(Beta-lactam Ring mt087b, 2004, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

Angry Eelectric Finger 1 - Tape Monkey Mooch Cover artAngry Eelectric Finger 2 - Paraparaparallelogrammatica Cover artAngry Eelectric Finger 3 - Mute Bell Extinction Process Cover artFasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen, for a journey into the outer cosmos. Or the inner depths. Whatever. Three journeys, actually. The genesis of this material seems to involve NWW’s Steve Stapledon tinkering with some Xhol Caravan recordings, then sending the result off to three collaborators to do what they would. Jim O’Rourke combines musical and non-musical sounds into an interesting long-form collage, with walls of synths building and releasing tension, sprinkled with noisy guitar (David Tibet of Current 93), flute and sax (Hansi Fischer and Tim Belbe of Xhol Caravan) and splashes of choral music. The result is very cinematic, presenting a leisurely trip through strange landscapes – quite listenable if you don’t insist on melodies and beats. Cyclobe (Stephen Thrower of Coil and Simon Norris of Death in June) takes a more abstract approach, with mangled waveforms and squiggly atonal sounds, sort of like R2-D2 on a bad acid trip. Only occasionally do recognizable notes float by; the flute and sax, when you can hear them, sound more like distant caged beasts crying for their freedom than musical instruments. Cyclobe’s extreme use of the stereo spectrum invites headphone use. Irr.App.(Ext.) (Matt Waldron) continues in the ultra-abstract mode, rendering the music as noises heard deep in a cave. Mechanical and electronic devices limp about their business in the distance; mangled shortwave radio transmissions advance and retreat; gunshots struggle with cosmic wind to be heard above the din. But listeners familiar with NWW know what to expect – personally I prefer the more musical approach on O’Rourke’s CD.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Nurse with Wound, Xhol Caravan / Xhol / Soul Caravan, irr. app. (ext.), Cyclobe, Jim O'Rourke

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