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Pain Sparrow - King James’ Penis [Death To Dynamics - 2022]

Here we have a rather provocative titled two-track release from Uk’s Pain Sparrow. Each of these walled noise tracks run around the twenty-minute mark- the first of a choppy ‘n’ jittering variety, and the second a more densely rushing ‘n’ rattling affair.

As far as I can gather the Pain Sparrow has been active since early summer of 2021- releasing around four or so digital releases thus far. This release is another digital release, which comes courtesy of UK’s Death To Dynamics. Artwork wise we get an old drawing of the king's face, with a fairly anarchic like font for the project's name on the top edge. The release can be found here.

First up we have the title track- this comes in at a spot on the twenty-minute mark. The ‘wall’ is built around a rapid churning, slightly roaming low to mid-ranged tone- this is topped with this nervy and smaller twittering tone, with some subtle rip ‘n’ buffeting texturing just hinted at. The ‘wall’ sounds most distinctive, and the whole thing has such a rewardingly panicked-yet-slight woozy quality to its attack.

The second track here is entitled “King James’ Codpiece”, and this runs at dead on the twenty-one-minute mark. Here we find a ‘wall’ centred around a billowing rush, which is topped with smaller, move towards high pitched textural rattling’s. With slight touches of spinning-to-cluttering sub-tones, nudging the edge of proceedings. And while this track isn’t as distinctive as the first track here- we get a good blend of rewarding textures, that are brought together in a balanced and fairly entrancing manner.

King James’ Penis is my first taster( excuse the crude pun) of Pain Sparrow’s work, and I must say I’m impressed by what’s on offer here- though there is no doubt that the first track is the real keeper. I’ll certainly be checking out more of the project's work, and it’s always great to see new acts appearing in the sadly rather small and compact UK wall noise scene.

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Roger Batty
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