Gamiani - Obsession [Ominous Recordings - 2016]Obsession is a c28/ digital release from this new Swedish HNW project- featured here are two slices of feministic wall craft, based around women’s legs/ tights. This tape is seemingly the first cassette release from this project, which has also put out a handful of digital only releases.
It’s fair to say of late the wall-noise scene has seen glut of feministic nylon & female leg based projects/ releases. We even had Signora Ward Records, the Italian label that at one point focused in only releasing just HNW & Feet and Legs/ Nylon Stockings fetish releases. Of these releases/ projects some have been rewarding & inventive( like Anonymous Masturbaudioum) . While others have rather decided to re-tread( pun intended!) similar ground & sound as others in the past have, and I’m afraid to say Gamina falls into the latter group.
The plain black tape comes in a single sided monochrome sleeve, and this features a picture of a pair of fish-net glad female legs lying down. I’m not sure how copies they were made of the tape, but as mentioned above it also available in digital form from the projects bandcamp.
First-up we have I, this track opens with several layers of droning & rushing noise layers, which are set towards rapid mid-range. For the first few minutes I was quite enjoying what was going on here, but sadly that initial promise didn’t hang around long. I think the textures just felt a little too predictable in both their patterns & sounds, also we get a few drive into sudden dense harsh noise buzz & grind settings. It just felt like a real paint-by-numbers example of walled noise with subtle harsh noise elements, with the whole thing really lacking any identity or flare of it’s own.
Flipping over to side 2 & we have the track II. This is a blend of rushing ‘n’ muffled noise gallop drone, which is topped of with thinner rattling ‘n’ jittering mid-to-slight higher ranged noise patterning. The whole thing is trying to feel both urgently droning, yet caustically taut, but sadly just came off as been more than a little bland. Once again the textures used rather lacked any sort flare or invention, added to that they are feed out in a rather uninspired manner. And with this track I really felt unimpressed from the outset, really wanting the whole thing to be over straight away.
So in conclusion Obsession is a very clichéd & indistinctive example of feministic HNW. If you are a huge fan of this seemingly growing sub-genre of wall noise, then you might get something from this, but for me it just felt all too familiar & sadly uninspired. Roger Batty