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"Legplant" CDR

Breaking World Records

Genres: diy, noise, experimental

Breaking World
30 West St.
Hadley MA 01035

May 19 - 25 2003

Being a highly important and mind-shatteringly attractive person, not to mention the editor of an amazing music e-zine, I've come across some pretty bizarre music over the past few years.  If I had to count all the noise-drenched freak-outs, drunk singer/songwriters, and sex-crazed wannabe backstreet boys I've come across in my life, well, I'd probably have about ten - but that's still a lot!

Anyhow, what I'm getting at here is that Styrofume's brand of electrified, ultra-modified music is one of the most bizarre musical concoctions I've ever had the pleasure of opening my p.o. box to find.  And for that I am grateful.  Legplant is a noisy bucket of globby experimentalism, characterized by electronic abstraction, inaudible lyrics, and perverse liner notes ("Sometimes i just had too much blood in my stomach.  it would mix with my post nasal drip & i would vomit on my gear.  it was beautiful").  The songs aren't so much "songs" as they are explosive outbursts of unbarred noise.  There isn't a melody in sight.

Now obviously this is very a challenging sort of music.  Legplant is a highly conceptual release, and those expecting any sort of accessibility will be sorely disappointed.  But for the loyal few diy experimentalists out there, Legplant will make a fun, if zany, ride.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 14 songs, distributed by the label, released 2003]