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Village Creeper/RRR - Mortadelle [Required Rate of Return - 2017]

I think it’s fair to say I’m personally more of a walled-noise/ textured noise fan, than a fan of more general/ straight harsh noise- so I think that’s possible why I have such decidedly mixed feelings about this recent CDR split. It  brings together Ohio based Village Creeper, who offer up a sifting, though  seeming fairly random & decidedly cack-handed harsh noise. And French RRR- who creates uniformed & creatively seared industrial tinged HNW.

Seemingly the concept of Mortadelle is the capture, killing, and eating of a female victim- the cover features a black & white picture of a hatchet & a severed female foot. We also  get a selection of gory pictures of dead bodies, and people eating meat. Lastly the tracks are simply entitled "Captured", "Consume", and "Digestion".

The first two tracks from Village Creeper, each last between twelve-to-eighteen minutes. And these are best described as a fairly haphazard & often jarring flow of often searing noise swirls & ebbs, with an undercurrent of lo-fi & crude drone simmers. At times we get some very piercing high pitches added into mix too, and the noise textures have a fairly nastily roasted psychedelic feel to them. At points  there are attempts at trying to create effective contrast between unsettling mood & seared sonic violence- for example the opening tracks first few minutes are some of my favourite moments of  Village Creepers two tracks- as we get this brooding synth tone sustain, which suddenly explodes into a blend of feasting mid-ranged noise & single higher pitch sustains. Sadly this moment doesn’t last very long, and we drift into fairly random & mood-less harsh noise noddling- with little or no compositional skills present. And I that I think is the major problem with Village Creepers, they just sound too generic - with little or nothing to discern them from a slew of other HN acts.

The third & final track is of course from RRR, and for me is the highlight/ only really reasons I’d play this split again.  The twenty six minute tracks is a tight–yet-constantly bucking blend of slightly scrubbing low-end drone  purr, barbwire like mid ranged static jitters, and this squeaking ‘n’ rocking texture. These element are fed out into crude-yet- Moorish wall that's  sewing-sawing back ‘n’ forth in a most appealing manner.  Also, unlike much of the Village Creepers two tracks, this actually seems to fit it’s title (digestion) - as the ‘wall’ does sound like some huge & slightly malfunctioning junk robot trying to maceration / break down something  in it’s churning ‘n’ sparking guts.


So in conclusion Mortadelle is very much a prime example of the mixed split- Village Creepers three tracks really did little or nothing for me, and I can’t really ever wanting to play them again.  While RRR track is most appealing it wonky seared ‘n’ churning industrial wall vibe. So as a result this is a difficult release to mark- if I was just marking the first three tracks- it would be one possible two mark, but as we have to take in the RRR track- I’ll go for a three mark, which is all mainly for the final track.

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Roger Batty
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