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

Where Is This - Mercury Kisses [Sweet Solitude - 2012]

“Mercury Kisses” is the 5th release in Sweet Solitude’s 'Shades of Grey' series- each title in this series finds a HNW artist theme their release around a famous murder case, murders or criminal cases/ police work. This release from Irelands Where Is This is themed around the persecution of Gay’s by the 'Lily Law' in 1930's America.

Lily Law was the name used for the police by gay men in 1930’s America. During this period, San Francisco’s Market Street Theatre was a big hang-out for gay cruisers, so the police decided to place comely police cadets in plain cloths through-out the theatre.  The cadets had mercurochrome paint  on their penis, so when the cruisers performed fallatio on them the  police where awaiting in the lobby to pick-out the culprit’s who had red lips.


This CDR offers up four fairy short shots of layer active walled noise, and these fall in-between just under the five & a half minute mark, to just shy of the twelve minute mark. First up we have “In The Theatre” which sears together a roaming, buzzing & juddering noise tone wall with often a mass of jittered ‘n’ juddered unrecognisable voice samples trails on top. The  track is mostly very dense ‘n’ muffled with repetitive noise textures, yet there’s this  sort of violent textural bounce & throb to the proceedings; & the longer the tracks goes on the more violently on ‘n’ off it seemingly becomes.  All told it an effective & original take of ‘wall-making’, and it sets the sonic tone nicely for the rest of the release.

Track two is entitled “In The Lobby”, and this track is built around  the urgent  interlocking between billowing & galloping noise drones- first you have a cluttering yet thin drone element, and this is fed along side a rapid billowing sustain.  The ‘wall’ is given this rather effective muffled tunnel like feel which makes the whole thing very oppressive & brutal, yet aged & sleazy.

Onto track three, and we have “In The Backseat With Lily Law”, and this is the longest of the four tracks at the 11.59 mark. This track burst in with a energetic & throbbing ‘wall’ that mixers together purring ‘n’ slowly darting industrial tone drone, swirling ‘n’ circling noise jitter, and the odd fix of overloaded dialogue sample & sear. There’s a very slurred ‘n’ sleazed sort of vibe to the track and it’s the highlight here for me.

Lastly we have “Advised Not To Take The Stand”, which is another dense yet layer active slice HNW. It’s built about a  massive descending wave of churning ‘n’ billowing noise tone, which ever so often  is shifted by violent ribbons of muffled  dialogue samples, or  swirling/ spiralling noise layer shifts.

“Mercury Kisses” offers up an rather effective selection layer active & intense walled noise, and  the rather bizarre & perverse historical police theme adds an interesting sleazed edge to the proceedings.

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

Roger Batty
Latest Reviews

Where Is This - Mercury Kisses
“Mercury Kisses” is the 5th release in Sweet Solitude’s 'Shades of Grey' series- each title in this series finds a HNW artist theme their release around a fa...
080820   Mossy Kilcher - Northwind Cal...
070820   Morton Feldman - For John Cage
070820   The Naughty Victorians - The...
060820   Lean Left - Medemer
060820   Erlend Apneseth - Fragmentar...
060820   Inferno Of Torture - Inferno ...
050820   K2 - Burst After Burst (Early...
050820   Bestattungsinstitut - Glandul...
040820   Moan - Isolate | Desolate | M...
310720   Bondi,Martel,&Schiller - Hyazo
Latest Articles

The Residents - Old Dog’s Still S...
Many bands/projects in their later years ease back on the sonic gas- be it slow down, mellow-out, or water down their sound. But that’s certainly not the cas...
220720   The Residents - Old Dog’s Sti...
200720   Jimmy McDonough - The Milliga...
300620   Perpetual Abjection & Unsign...
150620   William Fowler & Vic Pratt - ...
280520   Melaine Dalibert - Quietly cr...
150520   Barry "Schwump" Schwam - Frog...
300420   Nico Mastorakis - The Greek s...
070420   Paul Dever/ Blood Eagle - Yea...
290320   Bütcher - A Bestial Fukkin Wa...
260320   The Rita,Black Leather Jesus,...
Go Up
(c) Musique Machine 2001 -2017. Celebrating 16 years of true independence!! Mail Us at questions=at=musiquemachine=dot=comBottom