Big China & Little trouble - Black Blood of The Earth Parts 1&2 + Fur & Teeth [Magic Bullet Records - 0000]The greatly titled Big China & Little Trouble are not a quirky John Carpenter soundtrack cover band(as their name could suggest) but instead are best described as a more polished & musically take on Wolf eyes sound at it’s more cinematic less noisy end of the spectrum.
This is the two piece projects first widely available none cdr and tape releasers that brings together all the material off the two tapes that featured Black Blood Box #1 & #2 and tracks from Fur & Teeth 3inch cdr- all of which are now out of print. Opening up the disk we have You really believe in magic which is certainly on of the highlights here – it opens with a dingy windswept mix of synth drone craft, gong tone, guitar blacked & atmospheric feed back tone all with grim cinematic intent. But just when your getting suitable bleak/haunting a hopeful clean acoustic guitar strum and picking element suddenly appears amongst the grim atmospherics. Later on things get more noisy with The check is in the mail with it's juddering guitar/ electronics tone and vocal elements that to beginning with sound like something off Boards of Canada's Geogaddi gone over to the black and noise side. Before opening it’s self up into noisy’ n’ dense industrial type clunking, atmospheric synth and echo voice elements.Really the rest of the tracks sewsaw between been grim and atmopshric, and dense and clunky through things never turn too fiery or all out noise with the atmospheric edge always with-in the sound.
An interesting first readily available shot from these two that effectively mixers together atmospheric/ cinematic edge with more brutal and noisy intent, though it does at times rather lack the consistence of album because it made up of bit and bobs. Anyway a name I’ll certainly keep an eye and ear out for in the futureRoger Batty