Monday, December 21, 2009

Kassette Kulture 24# - Grasshopper/Twisty Cat Split

Glowing lime green this cassette release is split between two relative new comers (for me at least) to the NYC noise/experimental scene, Grasshopper and Twisty Cat



The Grasshopper side is a live sculpture of quavering tones, slippery synthetics bleeding towards caustic futures... drones that vibrate like the internal ambience of a speeding car with all the windows down, whilst others come across like a ballerina boxed cologne full of beautifully homicidal shadings, wet dream space rituals and grieving requiem. Orchestrated drones that seem to abandon pastoral paths in favour of mainlining an astral vastness, splintering into satisfying machine scream-e-delics.

The flip side immediately grabs you, a sublime ghosting, all mournful foreboding... A wavering horror shot through with shaking larynx, raspy blows and suitably warped melody. Lighter jazz flurries follow, livened up by a drum n cymbal clatter, the sax mulling it over into overblown disarray, a jumbled meltdown... then distraught alto sax/clarinet breaths bloat outward on an oscillating tide of worming distortion...

Abandon ship certainly seem to be channelling some interesting energies...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yo Mike - Bucca here. I think you'll find that Grasshopper is not in fact new to you. I think he's one and the same insectoid guitarist who worked with Mercury Rev in their original line up... god alive, some 20 years ago!!!