Parasite Nurse - Caretaker [Abhorrent AD - 2022]
Slow to burn and slow to build, this deliberately paced debut album from Parasite Nurse takes all the gruff, harsh beauty of noise and pairs it with the drawn-out, ebb and flow of a themed ambient track. Using her modular synth to create an almost cinematic noise experience, Parasite Nurse combines the urgent, pressing nature of harsh, vibrant electronics with the relaxed, exploratory soundscape style of pacing to achieve great results. Caretaker is an excellent noise exploration through any room one's sitting in or thought train one's taking.
Caretaker is built upon Parasite Nurse's modular synthesis routines, their slowly growing oscillations, and allowing the sound to be exactly what she envisioned. This uncompromised approach eschews "harsh for the sake of harsh" and exposes the underlying idea and fascinating construction of a well-played and well thought out noise album. WIth an approach reminiscent of Tourette, Parasite Nurse uses four tracks on Caretaker to express her composition. WIth two tracks in this "noise story" form, one just sharp, cut-up noise, and one gloomy, dark electronic track, she is able to capture a very grim and evocative essence in a way that a singular approach would be lacking. Utilizing harsh, sharp noise as the accent instead of the base allows for greater depth, a wider scope, and allows the harshness to come in like a gleaming spectacle, like lightning on a dreary, rainy night. The pacing on Caretaker is excellent as well, and allows the listener to be fully enwrapt and committed to their own thoughts and internal narrative before the bigger, bolder action emerges from the speakers.
One for those that love solo, sonic adventures, Parasite Nurse's Caretaker provides an open road for exploration. Mixing high pressure and low-pressure states, this storm of electronics is both healing and a spectacle; let the sound wash over and cleanse you, but step back and watch it unfold. Her style of mixing these two states works very well and would be a very welcome addition to anyone's collectionPaul Casey