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Marax - My Suicide Note Penned In Sound [Sensitive Receptor - 2011]

Marax is Eric Crowe's multifaceted output, hailing from Atlanta U.S.A. Active since the late nineties, he's delved into dark ambient, power electronics and harsh noise

Introduced by the nice razor on the cover  "My Suicide Note Penned In Sound", is quite fittingly of its title, the release stays stays  very much in the noisy dark
ambient territory.

On offer here is a single one-hour long track where low and high frequency synth drones, tones, and windy white noise sounds intertwine, drowning in an aura of oppressive and total decay. The quality of sound is very dirty, and the omni-present subtle (tape hiss?) white noise crackle makes everything more uncomfortable.  The whole record sounds like it was overdubbed over and over on rotten recycled tapes, which is a very positive feeling in my book.
The changes along the length of the track are obviously minimal and barely perceptible, but this monotone redundancy is a necessary mean to an end.

"My Suicide Note Penned In Sound" is definitely successful in creating an hypnotic and zoned-out state of mind. As I already mentioned this track clocks at one hour, making it a big bulk of sound and a demanding listening experience. I can imagine a few harsh noise wall die hard fans enjoying this. I enjoyed this CDr. It's nothing classic or incredible but it works.

It's ambient music after all, which is something I don't like very often, but it's filthy enough to titillate my interest. The texture of its sound and the very nature of this work makes it more enjoyable for the harsh noise "crowd" than for academic, chin-stroking ambient types.

Recommended to fans of the old Maurizio Bianchi and minimal noise. Poppy's corner: "I like it! It sounds a bit like the sounds my belly makes before a massive diarrhea attack."

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Nicola Vinciguerra
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