Top Bar
Musique Machine Logo Home ButtonReviews ButtonArticles ButtonBand Specials ButtonAbout Us Button
SearchGo Down
Search for  
With search mode in section(s)
And sort the results by
show articles written by  
 Review archive:  # a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

Philippe Petit - … Scores Henry: The Iron Man [Beta-lactam Ring Records - 2009]

Oh, how I so wanted this to knock me backwards out of my chair! The concept alone had me clawing the shinkwrap off the packaging hard enough to break a nail: a fake soundtrack for a film by Shin’ya Tsukamoto (creator of Tetsuo: The Iron Man) that is a remake of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Even if the film didn’t exist, how could something which name- and ambience-checked two of my favorite directors and two of my favorite movies possibly miss?!

Well, they don’t so much miss as only hit half the target. Part of it is me and my silly preconceptions about things. My Tetsuo fandom is absolute enough that I’ve snapped up copies of Chu Ishikawa’s thundering, metal-machine-music soundtrack for the film (he scored many of Tsukamoto’s other films as well), and the nearly impossible-to-find Armored Weapon album under Ishikawa’s collective name Der Eisenrost. I also have the ambient Eraserhead CD, and so I was primed to hear something that was a furious crossbreed between the burbling stasis of the latter and the rivet-throwing frenzy of the former.

What we actually end up with isn’t quite either of those things. It’s a mixture of radio samples (mostly in the latter half), sputtering turntables and surface-noise collages, sine-tone electronics, and a whole cloud of other things that rise and fall over the course of three longish tracks. When I put the CD sleeve out of sight and ignored the track titles, I found I quite liked it. The second track, “In Tokyo Henry Spencer Is Fine” would be a great addition to most any retrospective anthology Beta-Lactam puts out. Its longer and more dronelike stretches are absorbing, and it never repeats itself or runs dry.

But, again, my mind kept wandering back to what could have been. There’s a part of me still longing for the grimy, half-ambient and half-assaultive masterpiece that I wanted this to be, that better fits the title and the cover art. Color me foolish for focusing on that, but yes, that cover art is a freakin’ piece of genius. So, yeah—someone should make that record. This is a good record. It’s just not that record.

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Serdar Yegulalp
Latest Reviews

Philippe Petit - … Scores Henry: ...
Oh, how I so wanted this to knock me backwards out of my chair! The concept alone had me clawing the shinkwrap off the packaging hard enough to break a nail:...
251021   Placenta Lyposuction/Rapace -...
231021   Fergus Kelly - Plate Spinning
221021   The Singing Ringing Tree - Th...
211021   Allerseelen - Morgenröte
211021   Rudolf Eb.er - NECRO ORGIA
211021   Territoire - Étude de la prof...
211021   Dementer & Jug Face - Demente...
211021   Yann Novak - Lifeblood of Lig...
201021   Day Of The Reaper - Day Of Th...
201021   Strike Commando 2 - Strike Co...
Latest Articles

SRS Cinema - Purveyors of gorily ...
Since the early 90’s SRS Cinema has been releasing all manner of underground horror, be it gory SOV, general z-budget horror, or low-fi creature featur...
280921   SRS Cinema - Purveyors of gor...
070921   Tine Surel Lange - A Great E...
170821   theNightproduct - Walled Nois...
210721   Martyn Bates / Kodax Strophes...
150621   David Gregory - In The Land O...
270521   Root Cellar, Monolithic Torme...
120521   Patrick Picard - Geek-bound...
150421   Dosis Letalis - Walled Noise ...
170321   Shatraug - Into the Finnish B...
170221   Mark Polonia - Of gore-bound...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom