Genres: noise, psychedelic noise, experimental
P.O. Box 936
Northampton, MA 01061
May 18 - 25 2002
|Can Mandragora Records do no wrong? This is the fifth
release of their's that I have reviewed, and I have not been let down once as of yet.
Voodoo Mechanics is the label owner's solo sampler project, circa 1998-1999. Although some
parts can be somewhat abrasive, most of the album is less harsh, favouring a calm, even
ambient, sound. I suppose this point can be argued, but I think it is a general concensus
that even Voodoo Mechanics at his harshest comes nowhere near the likes of Merzbow
and Prurient. This psychedelic ambience, however, is a nice break from
the cacophony, and it definitely provides a nice soundtrack for a mind-trip, if that's
what you're looking for.
In order to help explain how this album fits together, I like
to call Voodoo Mechanics the Godspeed You Black Emperor! of noise music.
The album fluctuates between so many styles and emotions throughout its entirety that, by
the end, you almost feel weary. And that's what noise music is all about.
If you're a noise fan, and you're looking for some diversity in your musical diet, you
may want to consider getting this album. And while it's by no means another "Rainbow
Electronics", it's an enjoyable noise album anyway.