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...Massacre - After Party Massacre [Fusty Cunt Tapes - 2010]

“After Party Massacre” brings together a C47 and mini business card CDR worth of highly rewarding static texture bound HNW from this US project that features: j. cadle(whose also in Foul and Oasis Of Fear, as well as runs the excellent Bane records) and  Sam Stoxen(whose also in Baculum, Grain Belt, White Plague and runs the excellent Phage tapes label)

The tape  and mini business card CDR comes in a very smart and unassuming little blue box that doesn’t really prepare your for the brutal yet creative ‘walled’ sonic fruits with-in. Firstly I’ll talk about the tape, then move onto the Business card, So on the first side of the C47 tape we have an untitled twenty minute track which starts out as a muffled, tight and jittering mass of oddly soothing static & lite metallic like juddering. As the track progresses the pair keep the track tight & constant in it’s ‘wall’ state, yet they very cleverly add in a varation of different jitters & judders along the way so it wonderful morphs it's sonic shape. Firstly it has a battering wind type feel, then it moves onto a flicking fire like textural dwell ‘n’ wave, through to a juddering and alternating sweeping feel, and lastly into droning purr ‘n’ smaller jitter dwell. The pair seem to effortless move from one pattern, texture or vibe to the next; so there’s never a break in proceedings. The track seems to surrounding you in this great thick sonic mass of often intricate static texture that almost feels like you could reach out and touch it, or press your face into its seemingly almost organic shift 'n' move.

Over onto  the second  side and it’s another untitled track and once more it comes in at just around the twenty three minute mark. This track starts out with a very rough and mid-pace sort of long dragging & muffled texture,  which sounds like the someones been dragged along a forest or very rough concrete floor. As the track moves into its second minute it becomes more juddering and stuck billowing flag like in its feel. As we get deeper into track the pair once more slowly shifting and morph the tracks textures in a most rewarding & clever manner, though this sides track is not so comforting or pleasing as the first sides track- it seems somehow more rough, barren and bleak in its intent. Anyway like the first side it’s a very rewarding & engrossing piece of ‘wall-making’ and it really shows both Cadle & Stoxen at the height of there creative and controlled noise texturing powers.

So lastly we move onto the  business card CDR which features just a five minute track- but what a track it is!. The tracks built around this very cavernous, echoed and stuck static jitter pattern that starts out quite spaced out, but pretty quickly begins bouncing back off it’s self to build a great sinister machine like feel to it. The track brings to my mind a static jittered footage of someone having there head severed by a slowly moving and aged  mechanically lift, over and over again. Truly it’s a great & very original end to this great set- lets hope they investigate similar textures again.

So in summing-up “After Party Massacre” is a very nice & originally presented tape & Business card set that really highlights how apt these two are at manipulating static texture in a highly rewarding, original & atmospheric maner.  Sadly this is ltd to a crazy number of  forty one copies- so act quick before you missing out on what is clearly one of 2010’s noise highlights.

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Roger Batty
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