"Swallowed By Machinery Volume 3" CD
Genres: diy, experimental pop, experimental
1400 Hill Rd.
Boise, ID 83702
Oct 28 - Nov 3 2002
Hazel's Swallowed By Machinery compilations are home-produced,
DIY song collections that always come in numbered editions, with each
copy being crafted differently from the others. My copy came with
magazine cut outs and neon orange tape glued to it. It's one of the
few CD covers that I'm proud to show off to my friends.
The music, meanwhile, is recorded in a similar style, with an
impeccable independent ethic and some of the most interesting melodies
I've ever paid witness to. Perhaps the most recognizable band here is Deerhoof,
who contribute a neat little mutated pop tune called "I Hear an
Echo." It has a very jam-esque feeling, and is a surprisingly
solid listen, despite its bizarre structure. Lowbelly also
offer a wonderful piece, an instrumental strings composition with a
bit of an Oriental influence - it certainly adds diversity. Then
there's Zann, from Germany, who tear things up with a thrashy
death metal track with some monster riffs, and Encompass and
Stalemate, who contribute North American-bred freak metal.
But that's not the least of it. The Lights' "I'm a
Dangerous Snake" is a neat, early-90s-esque indie rock track, and
Fusaine's "Pferd Musik" is a similar, yet more
pop-based effort. Plus there are the numerous electronic and
experimental contributions, including ENE's bizarre
"crawly wrongside", The Band From Bloody Elle's
sound-art piece "Go Der," and the Department of
Experimental Health's elektro-impaled "Bomb The USA."
And then, of course, there are the more straightforward tracks. G
America's "World's Worst Kept Secret," for example, is
an offbeat, yet restrained pop song with a great sound to it. It
combines that offbeat DIY feel with the elements of normal pop
songwriting - to great effect. And Tempus Fugit bring in the
longest track (over seven minutes!) with "le trajet," an
interesting piece filled with drones and noises.
So I didn't have the time to mention all of the seventeen wonderful
bands on this album, sue me. But hopefully you'll snatch yourself a
copy and listen to them yourself before all 1000 are sold. Hear me say
it, folks: the Swallowed By Machinery series - especially this
volume - is essential for all weirdo DIY fans out there.
17 tracks; distributed by the