Vestigial Limb - Now, Voyager
vestigial limb have a very unique spin on traditional harsh noise that maintains a surface familiarity while adding actual instrumentation underneath. this tape, released by monorail trespassing in 2010, presents two lengthy tracks that are a truly fascinating listen.
upon opening the case and examining the j-card, I saw that ray shinn, the man behind vestigial limb, is credited not only with electronics and tapes, but also with electric bass - definitely not an instrument that's usually associated with harsh noise.
but it works. there are strange rhythms lurking beneath all of the noise and static and samples, and the backbone is that bass. sometimes it's clanging and discordant, sometimes it almost resembles a real riff, but it's always there and adds a very unique much-needed dimension to what would otherwise be fairly standard harsh noise...not that there's anything wrong with standard harsh noise, I just love it when an artist has the guts to bring something new to the table, and shinn not only brings something new, he makes it work flawlessly.
needless to say, this tape - just like my previous monorail trespassing post - comes highly recommended, and I can't wait to pick up more releases from this absolutely fantastic label.
(buy a copy from monorail trespassing.)
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