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Vomir - Social Distancing [Decimation Social - 2020]

Social Distancing is one of  the latest example of grindingly crude ‘n’ searingly nasty walled noise from one of the most known/respected names in the walled noise genre- sometimes black wearing project Vomir- aka French man Romain Perrot. The release appears in the form of a pro pressed CD on Perrot’s own label decimation social-  it comes presented in a color mini gatefold that features pictures of grubby, topless & tattooed women with a black bags on their heads, so just like the sonics - crude & nasty!.

The ‘wall’ here is self-titled, and this title of course is a nod towards the recent distancing pretty much all of the world has been doing since the pandemic rise of Covid 19….so a surprisingly topically release from Vomir…. But fear not the projects not shifted into anarchic punk rock or protest folk….no this is the same old Vomir- that we all know & oddly love, ie searing & nasty HNW with a very crude feel.

The single track here slides in at fifty-six minutes and twenty-four seconds.  The ‘wall’ is built around a tight and airless blend of scrubbing ‘n’ throbbing low end, hissing ‘n’ cluttering mids, and sub-tone mixes of skittering and feasting tonalities.  There’s a very hazed & smoke bound vibe to the ‘wall’, which again nicely nods towards the whole Covid thing as of course those suffering from the virus- finding it difficult to breathe/ and you are often always coughing.  At times also it feels like your been fed through a rumbling & sparking machine- that’s just on the edge of break down for good. As we’ve come to expect from a Vomir release the ‘wall’ is extremely nasty and unforgiving, though I’d say it’s not sewage spurting as many of the Frenchman's wall-craft, so a slightly different feel & attempt at trying to vairy the sound which is nice to see from a projects been active 15 or so years & put literally 100’s of release.


Unlike many of Vomir, and other wall noise releases Social Distancing has a fairly large pressing of 300 copies- so all been well you’ll still be able to get your hands on a physical CD copy & support the wall noise underground. As someone who has heard many, many Vomir releases I’d say this release stands as another consistent release from the Frenchman, and the slightly different textural feel makes it worth picking up.

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Roger Batty
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