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A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin - Una Lucertola Dalla Pelle di Donna [Urashima - 2010]

"Una Lucertola Dalla Pelle di Donna" is the first in the series of fourteen Seven inch vinyl releases celebrating the many projects of highly prolific and influential Texas noise artists Richard Ramirez.

This seven inch is the first release from Ramirez new HNW/ static texture project A Lizard In A Woman’s Skin which takes it’s name  from the LSD orgy and lesbian dream soaked Italian Giallo movie from 1971 directed by Italian gore weaver Lucio Fulci, and the releases title is the original Italian title for the film. 

As with anything put out on the great Italian Urashima  label the presentation of the seven inch is rather classy and grimly distinct with the labels trademark sliver screen printed black card sleeve shrank down to seven inch size. Inside the sleeve is the black label on black vinyl we’ve come to expect. As well as a black ink on black card inlay that features on one side the tracks timings and details, a hand number(this has a tiny edition of twenty vinyl pressings), and on the other side is inversed artwork from the film that features a female in a tangle of bed sheets. Also inside the sleeve a mini black ink on white paper movie poster from the films US release, and 13x10 colour photo taking in one of the elegant, exotic and tripped-out stills from moive that features two women embracing on a vast red velvet bed.

The vinyl features a  single four minute track per side, and each  track is a dense, murderous,tripped-out, barbaric but brief ‘wall’ of noise. Each side also features on it’s outer rim, before the track it self, a small looped groove of stop  ‘n’ start static texturing- which is rather neat, and I guess if left it would skipping around for quite sometime. Anyway onto the full tracks themselves on side A we have “Part One” and this 'wall' starts out with dense barrage of pummelling and screaming static tonalities that are all locked together in a thick mass, with-in thirty seconds or so the wall fixers into a roaring and galloping mix of textures.  At about the minute mark it strips down slightly to let this buzzing ‘n’ stuck cluttering static tone come in, then the layers of galloping texture take hold once more with shredding ‘n’ ripping sparks of flaying the edges of the ‘wall’ ever so often. The track ends up finishing in 20 seconds or so of nicely dense almost sustained mid-tone synth like throb.

Onto side B and we have “Part Two”  and this enters with a meaty throbbing/ ripping dwell which seems like a condensed form of the galloping texture from the first sides track. This tone is covered by slowed-down 'n' hacking static rain like texture, which pretty soon speeds up becoming alot thicker and more persistent as the track goes on it’s brutal way.


So this is a great start to this new Ramirez' project, and it's a great this new series.  I advise quick action if you want one of these- as there’s less than half of the twenty copies pressed left now!

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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