Sissy Spacek - Remote Whale Control [Misanthropic Agenda - 2007]This is a reissue of Sissy Spacek second album with an extra track with the same line-up as the original album tagged on. It finds the project mining the more rhythmic and hazed edges of their overloaded soundworld, coming across more almost of improvised, jazzy take on their work, but don’t get me wrong this is still flesh striping, brutal and intense.
Remote Whale Control comes in at just over half an hour running time, but feeling much longer in a good way. Sissy Spacek seem to give all their work this feeling of graming so many textures and sounds into each second of sound, like looking at a tiny sewn portrait- no big than a match box, finding it alive with detail and depth. Though here things are let to stretch on a bit more than the rapid cuts of the first self titled album, this feels more organic and somehow live. You feel less like your on a jarring Roller coaster ride, this is akin to more of a slow climb before been hung at near vertical, then roaring off down close to the ground.
The prominent feel and texture here is one of rhythm and percussion, gone are the traces of vocal chaos that appeared on the first album, with only small traces of electro cut- up here too, giving this raw & real feel. It often feels like been stuck inside a washing machine, going round and round, with quite complex and dizzy inducing rhythmic patterns. The tracks are also longer most running about the five minute mark, which gives them chance to investigate different facets and possibilities of their sound. As well as the rhythmic/ raw feelings, there’s also a more teeming and maggot feasting take on ambience, adventures in stuck micro tones and guitar feed-back dead sunset hazes. The extra track is much more in the style of overloading Sissy Spacek material, its' more noise based and less rhythmic. Though it’s enjoyable and invigorating enough in it’s own right it doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the album.
Though this is still unforgiving I can see this of been interest to beyond the normal noise buyer, having something to offer those who enjoy complex rhythmic and improvised music. Roger Batty