Artist: The Fortieth Day/Sshe Retina Stimulants/Terence Hannum
Catalog Number: LOD 027
Edition Size: 100 Copies
Release Date: Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Art & Design: Terence Hannum
This release marks the rare, one-time only, collaboration of The Fortieth Day, the Chicago duo of Mark Solotroff and Isidro Reyes (also of influential power-electronics group Bloodyminded), Sshe Retina Stimulants (the solo project of P.NG5361.B, or Paolo Bandera, a founding member of Sigillum S), and Terence Hannum. The recording took place during a late night session at WLUW on Loyola University’s campus for Phil von Zweck’s “Something Else” radio show on November 29th, 2009.
The group created these six tracks live using guitar, bass, synthesizers, and vocals. The live recordings were then processed in Milan, Italy by P.NG5361.B. The group uses these instruments to create burned out industrial drones made up of looped feedback, percussion throbs and the sounds of machines dying. Hypnotizing repeating layers tactfully shift into blasts of angular high-pitched mechanical frenzy. There are implicit melodies in the chaos. Strong material from this unique collaboration.
What is on offer is an alternating cauldron of subtle, soft drones and field recordings of machines whirring and what sounds like trains pulling into stations as well as more conventional feedback workouts. The effects sometimes blur into nothingness, only to come back and haunt with ghosts of echoes being replayed and sounds lurch towards you like gap-toothed tramps in the city.
It's both mysterious and overwhelming at the same time and you can feel there is a hell of a lot of collaborative energy being pooled here, nothing strikes it's own path, it buzzes together like a cloud of flies. More going on than you first suspect, it's not an easy listen, but you should probably give it a go.