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Citalopram Shunyata & Vomir - Elle Vide ses Tripes [Obsessive Fundamental Realism - 2021]


Elle Vide ses Tripes is a decidedly sleazed and nasty C60 split- it brings together forking ‘n’ grinding Japanese scat-porn themed harsh noise of Citalopram Shunyata, with the unrelenting walled noise craft of Vomir. Each project takes up a side, and each severs up its distinctive take on the noise form.

This release appears on the German-based noise label Obsessive Fundamental Realism. The black shelled cassette tape comes presented in an A5 sized baggie- this takes in a colour cover, black folded inlay sheet, and a small colour inlay. The artwork is all very much focused towards the Citalopram Shunyata side of the split- with on its back cover featuring some cheeky scat-based photos, and on the inside inlay even more extreme scat pics. The release is Ltd to 70 copies, and as far as I can gather the label still has some for sale.
 
Seemingly Citalopram Shunyata is a German project- it’s been active since 2019, and has (according to Discogs) put out eight releases. On the first side of the tape, we find four tracks from this project- and each of these is of a similar length. The sound of tracks is a blend of grinding and nastily droning low-end, squalling mids, and teeth-gritting highs. The projects sound is both searing and sleazily atmospheric- and at points, you can almost see and smell the shit 'n' semen splashed rooms of some grimy backroom scat porn emporium. From track-to-track there is certainly variation with the tones and textures used- sure the mid-paced feel of each track remains the same, as of course does the sleazed and grimy atmosphere- but there clearly is some noise composition talent on display here
 
Flipping over and we of course have the Vomir track- and I’m sure this project won’t need any introduction to M[m] readers, as it’s one of the most known/ respected names in the HNW scene. As is often the case we are offered up an untitled track from this French, sometimes black bag wearing project. The ‘wall’ brings together a crudely galloping ‘n’ rapidly bounding low-end, thinner rushing on and off static fizz, and muffled mid-range clutter. The 'wall' has a wonderful ramshackle and wonkily raging quality about it- the low-end is nicely lumpy and uneven in its flow, whereas the static grain has a  rewardingly swirling and spreading feel, with the mid-range nicely enhancing the wonky galloping sonic crudity of the whole thing. I must say I really was rather taken by this wall and would say it stands as some of the more compelling wall-craft, I’ve heard from Vomir in a while- with the selection and use of textures very well realized.
 
In conclusion, this is a most effectively sleazed and nasty noise split- with both projects offering up a well-realized and compelling composed noise-craft. As I’m of course very much of a wall-head, the Vomir side is my favourite- but the Citalopram Shunyata side is none too shabby either, and I must say I enjoyed it much more than I was expecting to do…. I wanted to give this a three and a half mark, but as we only do wholes here, I’ve gone for a four instead. My only criticism would be it would have been nice to have some Vomir related visuals on the packaging, as it looks very much like it’s just a Citalopram Shunyata release, instead of the balanced split it is. 

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Roger Batty
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