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Tissa Mawartyassari - ผีแดง [Perpetual Abjection - 2020]

ผีแดง is an artily packaged CDR/ digital download from US female wall noise project Tissa Mawartyassari( aka Monica Sanchez). It features two ‘walls’ one running thirty-two minutes, and the other just over fourteen minutes- with each track offering up rewardingly textured-yet-atmospheric examples of the walled noise form.

ผีแดง aka P̄hī dæng means Red Ghost in English. Many of this projects releases focus on oriental spirits/ spectres, and with each of the tracks on this release,  Monica is attempting to create the sound of a ghost literally passing through you.  

The release appeared in February of last year on Bangkok based HNW label Perpetual Abjection- and as with all of this label releases, it’s something a little arty/ special. The CDR's face features acrylic painted and pen drawn red and grey cloud clusters- and this is presented in a frosted glass spray-painted jewel case. It also comes with two red and grey cloud clustered paintings by Monica - these are both signed and limited hand-numbered of thirty-four pieces, also in the case we have a plastic-wrapped piece of soap with what looks like an ant in, and a card insert. It was ltd to a hand-numbered edition of just sixteen copies, so unsurprisingly these are all sold out now. With ones only option( aside from searching on discogs) being the digital download which can be found here.

The first track here is ผีแดง ๑( Red Ghost 1), and this is the longer of the two at thirty-two minutes and forty-seven seconds. The ‘wall’ opens in a densely enveloping manner- with hack ‘n’ judder bound static grain patterning,  begin set in a mesh of constantly spiralling pop and grit. As we move on the hack ‘n’ judder seemingly gets more erratic and slightly faulting, with the now feasting pop and grit backdrop creating a persistent yet kind of coldly eerier surround. At around the fourteen-minute mark, we seem to switch from the original ‘wall’ to longer and more persistent clutter and hack-based topping, with it being underfed by a flowing underground stream like grainy spit and spat static texturing. By the 19th minute, we’ve subtly switched to a blend of descending and droning static bass fuzz, which is topped with constantly pelting hack bound texturing- and as this setting progresses it seems to become more erratic/ damaging again. With the whole thing finishing off with a most rewarding blend of roaming 'n' grinding bass noise and dying back skittering grain.

 

Next is ผีแดง ๒( Red Ghost 2) this is under half the length of the first track coming in at the fourteen minute and sixteen-second mark. This ‘wall’ feels more formally spectral though still fairly evenly weaved, with a nice undercurrent creepiness. We here find a fairly even and set(save for one break/ dip around the nine-minute mark) ‘wall’- it’s a mixture of trudging-yet-hazed bass churn and a layer of gritty pops, snaps, and insect-like scrapes. The two layers are expertly mixed and balanced to create a most hauntingly churning and texturally picking ‘wall’, which really does have some great creepy undertones.

 

ผีแดง is a release that offers up two distinctly different, yet equally effective ‘walls’. I love the concept/ theme of a ghost passing through you, and the packaging is something very special and personal, and I particularly like the addition of Monica’s artwork. It’s a pity that these are all gone in their physical form, but I’d still say this is well worth downloading- and to do just that head directly to here.

Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5Rating: 4 out of 5

Roger Batty
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