Courtis, Alan / Torrid, The
Album: Torrid, The   Collection:General
Artist:Courtis, Alan   Added:Dec 2011
Label:Porter Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-02-26 Pull Date: 2013-04-28 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Apr 28 Apr 7 Mar 24 Mar 17 Mar 10 Mar 3
Airplays: 1 2 2 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 21, 2013: The Crooked Spoke Adjacent
Newsnight 365 (With V/Vm)
4. Mar 21, 2013: orangeasm (pt1)
A-Garden (With Campbell Kneale)
2. Apr 04, 2013: Ghost Trees
Harmful Rainstorm (With Daniel Menche)
5. Mar 21, 2013: minimum entropy ii
A-Garden (With Campbell Kneale)
3. Apr 02, 2013: Pumping Tires
Newsnight 365 (With V/Vm)
6. Mar 13, 2013: minimum entropy
La Noodles (With Rick Potts & Joseph Hammer)

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2013-02-05
Top notch experimental, noise, drone, lush layering. Much recorded live in studio (or sounds like it at least), borders on avante in most places. This is a veritable “who’s who” in the world of “X”, a compilation of sorts, him colluding with the likes of Daniel Menche, KK Null, Rick Potts (who invented this stuff). Anla Courtis produced this, and is a legendary experimental artist from Argentina (see the library). The liner thanks include everyone else, from Oren Ambarchi to Lasse Marhaug, Makoto Kawabata to Jim O’Rourke. How this was abandoned on the review shelf is beyond me.

1) (13:27) Rick Potts & J. Hammer: perfect old school organic live noise, drones and improv sounds, analog sources, this was what was referred to as “industrial noise” in the mid 80’s
2) (4:40) RLW: very organic sounding, clanking clunking almost avante, grows intense
3) (7:01) Bill Horst: minimal, de-tuned guitars and toy instruments?
4) (5:40) KK Null: nice noise to evolve, swirling fucked up sounds, midway some great vocalization sounds enter in a very creepy way, and everything gets evil real quick
5) (3:46) V/VM: a most beautiful drone with digital origins
6) (5:41) Armpit: raw old school noise, noise guitar over layers of sources, then contrasts itself by mellowing out for the last thir
7) (6:56) Daniel Menche: rain on metal sound, treated, continues his fascination with percussion
8) (13:30) Campbell Kneale: this is the long-form you were looking for, the Barn Owl type stuff, slow evolve but narcotic and blissful

Track Listing
1. La Noodles (With Rick Potts & Joseph Hammer)   5. Newsnight 365 (With V/Vm)
2. Stone Returns (With Rlw)   6. Pocket Gallows (With Armpit)
3. Go-Fi (With Horist)   7. Harmful Rainstorm (With Daniel Menche)
4. 20.000 Volts (With Msbr & Kk Null)   8. A-Garden (With Campbell Kneale)