Merzbow + Nordvargr / Partikel Iii
Album: Partikel Iii   Collection:General
Artist:Merzbow + Nordvargr   Added:May 2013
Label:Cold Spring Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-06-03 Pull Date: 2013-08-05 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Jul 21 Jul 7 Jun 30 Jun 23 Jun 16 Jun 9
Airplays: 1 1 5 2 1 3

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 13, 2013: Aporeia recap of crazy a.d. 2013
Submaton Color Pt 1
4. Jul 03, 2013: Brownian Motion
Lorentz Covariance
2. Aug 06, 2013: How Am I Not Myself?
Lorentz Covariance, Heterotic String Hybrid
5. Jun 28, 2013: Brownian Motion
Submaton Color Pt 1
3. Jul 17, 2013: minimum entropy
Submaton Color Pt 1
6. Jun 28, 2013: Pierre Menard's Late Nite Sound Orgy
Submaton Color Pt 2

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-05-30
Merzbow / Nordvargr – Partikel III (Cold Spring, 2013)
Throbbing, glitched-up noise experimentation from two masters. Merzbow is the Japanese king of bombastic, harsh noise innovation, but his collaborations tend to mellow out his abrasiveness with slow, expansive soundscapes. Unlike other notable joint ventures with the likes of Richard Pinhas (with and without Wolf Eyes, he’s put out some great releases on Cuneiform Records), the drone backdrop to Masami Akita’s blistering sound is more Nordvargr (Henrik Nordvargr Björkk)’s abstract and cavernous sound, somewhere in the Throbbing Gristle , Lotus Eaters spectrum of field recording laden drone. Lots of dramatic tension, unexpected sounds, syncopated loops, kaleidoscopic bursts of joy. Play this.

1. (7:49) Subtle, driving beat with really jittery, fuzzed-out noise at the edges; Merzbow’s harsh bursts threaten to destroy everything but never do more than lurk. Instead they take us down into a cavernous abyss, from which we may never return…
2. (8:12) Eerie alien didjeridoo whine starts to drone on, loop, while scraping power electronics emerge to swallow everything up in its rusty chainsaw sound by the end.
3. (14:21) Fuzzy throbbing pulse plows onward into oblivion while Merzbow builds tension with quiet yet jarring modulations
4. (16:36) Part II continues the anxious dissonance, with dense, amorphous layers of noise entering gracefully and crescendoing into an abrasive clutter balanced out by steady, meditative drones. The soft denouement is the cherry on top of this masterpiece.

Track Listing
1. Heterotic String Hybrid   3. Submaton Color Pt 1
2. Lorentz Covariance   4. Submaton Color Pt 2