Nevertheless We're Gone - I Love Everything About You That Hurts [Victimology Rec - 2012]Nevertheless We're Gone is the new Emo HNW project from two of Europe’s most prolific, controversial & brutal wall noise figures- it brings together Serbian based Aleksandar Nenad of Dead Body Collection, [C. T. D.] & Creation Through Destruction. And Uk’s James Killick of Love Katy, Small Hours & Fan Service.
This new project follows the path of the pairs Dead Body Collection/Small Hours 2011 release "This will Be your Life Without you", by mixing emotional film samples with walled noise that takes in various emotions from sadness, anger, passion & hope. That release took in the plight of a young women with cancer, but this new release is a about more genreal & pained love relationship break-ups. The release features samples from 2004 British romance drama that featured Jude Law, Clive Owen, and Natalie Portman. The film told of two couples relationships that become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.
The CDR release features four tracks that last between the ten & a half minute, and eleven minute mark. The double sided full colour postcard sized cover takes in moody landscapes pictures with two distant figures standing in them. Also the release features two small colour inlays that take in moody quotes & more pictures of landscapes, and a child crying- the releases imagery does feel almost a little starkly new agey, but I guess it works for the projects emo take on walled noise.
First up we have “Why Won't You Let Me Love You?”, and this starts with a sample from the movie with a female & a male character discussing the male character going away for a weekend, and the female character taking this as some sort of rejection. With-in just under the 40 seconds mark we’re into the ‘wall’ which is a edgy yet spread-out mixture of glitch bound static mapping that takes in fairly consistent patterns of dabbing, juddering & spidery texture- with all the tones staying in a lower to mid range. Around the half way mark we stop for a brief sample from the movie with the male character saying “say you're not in Love with me”, and the female character saying “I’m not in love with you”. The wall comes back in quickly, and as it returns it has a more pressing & consistent rapid juddering/ large descending drop feel to it.
Secondly we have “No One Will Ever Love You As Much As I Do”, and this starts with a very brief sample of the male character saying “This will hurt”. The ‘wall’ slides in with a very tense yet rewarding manner offering up a constantly rolling low-end bass burnt juddering ‘n’ purring tone that is pin pricked with these smaller glitch bound/ high pitched icy harmonic textures. Mid-way we stop for an emotional sample from the movie with the female character crying as they discuss the end of their relationship, and when the ‘wall’ fades back in it’s seems even more taut & tense with the low tone taking on a controlled sort of crusty rumble. This is one of my favourite tracks here as it's really very moorish, & it seems to capture a certain type of taut emotional feeling very well.
Track number three “You Don't Deserve Happiness”, starts with another sample from the movie, and this time it’s a very emotional set of dialogue which finds the female character leaving the male character as she sleeping with someone else. At spot on the minute mark the 'wall' slams in, and it’s a angered yet forlorn mixture of low-to-mid end static tumble & churn which is formed into a rumbling & numbing textured soupy like tone fog. Mid-way we stop for another emotional charged & tearful dialog exchange between the female & male character, and when the ‘wall’ comes back in it’s even more numbing & airless in it’s feel-it felt like trying to flight your way through mass of tangled bed sheets, which I guess is very apt considering the sleeping with others & how it effects a relationship context of the track. The track ends with another very emotional & charged dialogue between the male & female characters talking about the female character having sex with someone else, and her been pressured to go into detail to describe the act of love-making by her ex-lover.
Lastly we have “I'm In Love With You. You're Safe.”, and once again we start with another sample, & this ones quite short & finds a male character say “I Love you, I love everything about you that makes me hurt”. The wall appears soon, and this brings together a line of focused juddering ‘n’ boring noise that’s played over by smaller glitch bound harmonic textures, the tracks ok through it did feel a bit like the second track in it’s use of noise tones.
On the whole this is a rewarding collaboration between these two respected European walled noise artists- let’s hope this project carriers-on & continues it’s forays into emotionally charged HNW, because it’s certain a interesting & rich vein to take the genre downRoger Batty