Bombs / Wolf Eyes
Genres: experimental electronics, noise
Bryan Day / PE
3803 S 25th St.
Omaha, NE 68107
Nov. 18 - 24 2002
released on the Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers label, this split-CDR
is a fascinating sample of experimental audio at its finest. A
collaboration between electronic outfits Old Bombs and Wolf
Eyes, how can this possibly be anything less than great?
Old Bombs starts the set off with the fifteen-minute
"Old Bombs 3," which is kind of like If, Bwana's work
- it has elements of noise in it, yet is much more ambient and
calm. What sticks out is the sheer variety of sounds within -
it's a very dense audio collage with lots to engage your interest
in. Dark, bassy undertones are present through much of the piece,
and they offer well-received depth and mood to the track. It is
a very enjoyable, thought-provoking piece and its atmosphere works
well in the dark.
Wolf Eyes' piece, meanwhile, is much more dark - it's also
much longer, reaching 26 minutes. Although it is a live radio performance
from 2001, it still seems carefully thought-out and structured
(although the definition of structure is certainly a debatable
one.) Wolf Eyes also incorporates a rhythmical beat into
their piece, with vocals and a bunch of aggressive noiseyness that,
while powerful, never seems harsh or violent. It is a nice
juxtaposition with Old Bombs' piece, which is much more
Altogether, this is a very enjoyable experimental release that
joins the work of two of the most talented outfits on the scene.
Those of the right musical persuasion will doubtlessly find lots to
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