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Chier/Placenta Liposuction - #22 Palestra [Harsh Noise London - 2019]

Appearing in October of last year here we have a C90 split bringing together two particularly brutal & sludgy examples of the walled noise form- we have prolific & at times creative French project Chier, and Croatian based Placenta Liposuction- each severs up a single side-long track, and each is as nasty & sonically claggy as each other.

The tape appeared on the Uk noise label Harsh Noise London- in an edition of thirty copies. The tape is presented in a monochrome cover that features a tight block of shapes- and apparently, each covers is slightly different. The release is recorded on a recycled cassette. Sadly these are now all sold out at source, which is a really pity as I must say I rather enjoyed this no-nonsense, crude, and nasty split…

Both side's tracks are untitled, and both take in the full length of each side of tape. So first up on side A we have Chier’s ‘wall’- here we find an extremely muddy, blunt, and muffled example of the HNW form. It’s a rapid, persistent, and largely very fixed blend of sloppy hacking & chopping low end, spluttering mids, and some thinner 'n' snaking jittering static grain that appears ever so often. From the offset the track submersions you in its weighty, grim, and heavy attack- and it stays fixedly battering through-out.  It’s certainly the one of the nastiest, thicker, and lo-fi things I’ve heard from this project in some time, and the length makes makes it even more so.


Flipping over to the second side, and we, of course, have the Placenta Liposuction track. Once again this is a very grim, unrelenting & unforgiving example of ‘walled-noise’. The ‘wall’ is built around a constantly descending low-end rumble & thick splutter- this is edged by a buzzing roll & smaller/ thinner static juddering. This ‘wall’ doesn't feel quite as thick & tarry as the first side, but it’s still damn brutal in its persistence. There are some very slight play/ variation in the mesh of textures here, and that from time-to-time, you feel the whole thing may break down, but it never does - remaining a fixed & brutal sonic battering.


If you enjoy sludgy, lo-fi & brutal old school HWN you really have to do your self a favor, and see if you can track down a copy of this split for your self. All in all a great no-thrills example of weighty & brutal wall noise !.

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Roger Batty
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