**PIC Blur-endorsed Icelandic duo move from techno to post-punk on an itchy claustrophobic debut
Split Series 1-8
For a couple of years now, [B]FatCat[/B]'s series of split 12"s ... has built up into a virtual academy of the abstract....
As an introduction to the kind of truly radical music being made today, this 11-track compilation of the series' highlights is perfect - wildly inventive, gleefully noisy, occasionally pretty terrifying. It starts magnificently, with a massive thunderstorm of static, an orchestra of dirty needles ploughing a deeper and deeper rut into vinyl. This is Janek Schaefer's 'Foreground Blink', musique concrete made by a man with far too many cartridges on his turntable, and a secret penchant for melody that sneaks out against his better instincts.
Too soft? Try mighty avant-pranksters V/VM and Speedranch^Jansky Noise, whose cut'n'paste atrocity exhibitions make much of Digital Hardcore's oeuvre look sappy. Or the prolific and damn-near unlistenable Merzbow, whose 15-minute 'Ab Hunter' was too sonically fierce for vinyl. Medals for those who make it all the way through, for sure.
In the face of this, the surgically-enhanced techno of 'Viral' by Ad Vanz v Gescom is pretty straight. But in these glitches, these meticulously processed beats, there's an unavoidable vision to make something new, a sense of adventure that puts most of their musical contemporaries to shame. Really, the way out of a sheltered life starts here.
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