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Dave Phillips - A collection Of Curses [Blossoming Noise - 2006]

Dave Phillips must really be a very sick man if he’s anything like his explorations into audio insanity,  that are severed up  here still twitching to unsuspecting listener. He mixes all manner of cut up  sound, noise, unpleasant &  sickly  ambience, silence and almost silence. Then fires it all like a sound roller coaster ride into your mind.

A collection of Curse is as t’s suggest is a collection of track from diffrent times and places  from 1994 to 2005, all brought into strange togetherness here. The thing that Mr Philips does that makes this all work and disturbing to such an extent is sudden left or right turns in sound, it will be dwelling in feast files sickly drone, before making you literal jump out of you skin by  loud vomiting like sound.  It’s the pure element of surprise and the general odd and sick inducing sounds on offer here, take for example eat beyond taste and sensations, which mixes gurgling vomit and farting  sounds, waterworks tingle, metal toilet pipe bang, odd demented moans, animal sounds and all manner of sounds I’d rather not know the origins of, all making a a track that almost makes you feel your going to throw up your self. So really the tracks are either spit into odd cuts ups come bizarre rhythmic works outs  or growing and disturbed ambience  or a mixes of both camps -it’s the context and environments he puts the already disturbing sounds in that triples there effectiveness.

One of the most disturbing and odd moments comes in the longest track here Hole\holy, which mixes low down bubble macabre synth tones, layers of female sexual moans, farting and burping sounds. It really almost becomes too much in the end, as the sounds seem to drill deeper into your mind, you start to worry for your sanity

One for fans of unnerving ambience or demented cut ups ala Andy Ortmann or Sudden Infant, where both of those  artist seem to offer some light relief- Phillips is  always complete serious in his attempts to disturbed and sicken the listener, really approach with caution and don’t eat before playing.

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Roger Batty
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