WhiteHouse - Asceticists 2006 [susan lawly - 2006]Whitehouse are all about intimidation, both musical and lyrical. This is not music to chill out to or unwind to, this is the audio equivalent of having your head held under water, then been let up for a few breaths and down you go again, bewildering and suffocating .
Asceticists 2006 sees the band mine farther into the rhythmic possibility of their sound, and moving towards more conventional song structure, meaning it’s accessible to more. So in theory as noise becomes more popular due to bands like Wolf eyes, this could well be sliding into teenage minds and corrupting them. But don’t worry they haven’t gone pop on us; no this is still very dangerous music. More so in some ways as you can hear clearly the violent lyrical out pouring.
It works well as a whole album too, not out staying it’s welcome , just coming up to half hour playing time.Giving you a good audio kicking , then slamming the door in your face, leaving you feeling grimy and violated. The Stand Out track to me is: Language recovery, which feels like a more sadistic, shit smeared take on Autechre with Philip Best ranting over the top opening, with the great opening lines “ The leggy Burzum started it, when she sent pictures of her tinny ass, nestling in a mini-bikini from etam, but I guess that’s just Boorish”. The slippery and Sickly sinister tones of Nzambi Ia Lufua, that really does have a deeply unpleasant atmosphere, like watching something slowly eat away your arm, but your powerless to do anything, it’s also the only instrumental track on offer here, maybe a taster of what William Bennett’s solo album might have been like. Dumping the Fucking rubbish, is two minutes of vein bulging dialogue, over brutal, a rhythmic battering and is a fine exit point for the album, leaving you al most breathless.
A band still very much at the top of their game, twisting new and violent shapes into their sound, and doing it with conviction and distaste, you can’t really wish for more.
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