Mum meets the Beatles, live environment failures, waves of transformative energy. The composer of experimental and electroacoustic music discusses three important albums.
I realise this is coming out three weeks into the new year. That’s partly deliberate. While I’d intended to get this online within the first 10 days of 2017, I knew I couldn’t compile a proper retrospective without breaking free from 2016 first. Being impulsive and somewhat
Like most people, I discovered Norman Westberg through his role as guitarist in Swans. In the context of the band, Westberg’s input seems less concerned with establishing melody and more with furnishing the Swans landscape with objects and acts of nature: spurts of overdrive foam, wood-carved slopes of dissonance.
FRIDAY Demons (featuring Nate Young of Wolf Eyes) sounded fierce but a little uneasy in their early stages, but managed to themselves into a spitting and crackling beast in time for a formidable second half, with ominous white noise surges bringing round a delightfully violent collapse. Devilman fared much better
I purchased my weekend ticket for this year’s festival following the announcement of the first act confirmed. To be honest, I was happy enough paying £75 for the pleasure of seeing the re-ignited Swans in action anyway, but imagine my delight when a ton of my favourite bands started
ARTWORK BY BEATRICE PEDICONI It is with a severe level of excitement that I present my review of the new Swans LP – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky. Incredibly, it’s been 14 years since the release of the last full-length. Soundtracks for the Blind