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Psychedelic Noise

by METEK feat Vmood and Pythagora

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former available as CD-R (ltd.ed. 33 copies) / SOLD OUT !

photography by Michael Herbst
design by EMERGE


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released August 9, 2015

The title of this album gives a pretty accurate description of its musical contents. Starting from a long “montage” of hissing noise textures, it very gradually unfolds into ever more diversified sounds, occassionally including voices, but only slightly brushing the boundaries of conventional musical structures. And in the end, everything dissolves again into the background noise of the universe.

What sets this album apart from most other noise music is the fact that it avoids any aggressive, confrontative, “harsh” postures. Instead, it often operates at a very quiet sound level, prompting the listener to actively listen out for signals embedded in the noisescape. This is precisely what creates the ‘psychedelic’ aspect of the music, where the listener’s brain imagines (to avoid the word: hallucinates ) potential musical structures from the raw data fed into the ear by Metek and their two collaborators.

File under: noise, sound art


Raffaele Pezzella

after his participation to "Scandinavian experimental underground 015 survey", Metek releases a new full album under Attenuation Circuit label. Actually Metek rarely played a basic form of noise; I remember other releases I reviewed on Unexplained Sounds group, and the structures were never simply harsh or extreme, but meditated and detailed, obviously in the measure noise music allows. This work is another proof of creativity in a very fertile period for this musician from Sweden. I recommend to you Psychedelic Noise, and I'm pleased to link you to the Scandinavian compilation, also because in the new Metek release there's a collaboration with Pythagora, another musician involved into that survey.



METEK konnte man in den letzten Jahren immer wieder mal am Lieferanteneingang von Shit Noise Records rumlungern sehen, entsprach aber zu wenig der dort geschätzten pupertären Pornophilie. Auch mit Psychedelic Noise (ACLE 1017, CD-R), das auch wieder Beiträge seiner alten Gesinnungsgenossen Dan Pålsson (aka PYTHAGORA) und VMOOD enthält, stillt Fredrik Nilsson einmal mehr nur bereits etwas sublimiertere Bedürfnisse. Etwa die Lust, in Noiselandschaften Abenteuerurlaub zu machen. Was eine gehörige Widerstandsfähigkeit voraussetzt hinsichtlich rauer Winde und Elektronenstürme, dröhnender Wetterumschwünge und unwegsamer Wege, die sich nur knurschend bewältigen lassen. Dazu ist garstiger Regen quasi garantiert, sonnige Idyllen dagegen fast schon ein Grund, das Reisebüro zu verklagen. Der Grund des Hierseins sind schließlich brausende Impulse und lärmige Verwerfungen, in denen Pressluftgehämmer, Sandstrahl, sausende Motoren und allerhand industrialer Ohrenfraß widerhallen, als eine Art wetterwendische Natur höherer Ordnung. In der hagelt es Katzen, knattern Nattern, plinken Bluesgitarrensaiten wie rostiger Draht, kauen Kobolde Schwedenhappen, zerreißen schartige Partikel die Luft. Als hätte unser erklärtermaßen anime- und mangabegeisterter Schwede eine japanische Gebrauchsanweisung zur Hand für seine naturburschikose Blockhüttenpercussion und vogelbezwitscherten, kochlöffelklapprigen Kochkünste.



Fredrik Nilsson's METEK is back with a long, dense slab of low, creeping ambient noise. Released on german record label "Attenuation Circuit" imprint, "Psychedelic noise" is a slow burner built to leave you feeling cold and ruined. Capping off 2015, this one should prepare you for the tough winter ahead. METEK's latest is an experiment in allowing the music to build, move, and decay at its own pace. Some songs work better than others, but that's to be assumed with every album. For the most part, "Psychedelic noise" puts forth interesting, cold ambient and soft noise that will please the wintertime soul. Fortunately, there are some bits that quite work, and some tired bits that are further highlighted by the overlong run time. All in all, though, it's another good METEK release.




"Psychedelic noise" sounds like a guessed title for this output by one of the recent discoveries of METEK imprint "Attenuation Ciruit", which came from the sonic wit of Sweden-based sound artist Fredrik Nilsson, which didn't received so many feedback despite the considerable quality of sounds and their layering. The wisely forged noises that "Psychedelic noise" pull out of his machines got inoculated in both spacey and claustrophobic pad-synth-rendered empty spaces: strange landscapes, artificial lacerations, piercing low frequencies or digital noises come to life inside the narrow electric tunnels of "Montage", the cryptic whispers and the widely reverbered clashes of "Psychedelic noise", the fascinating void of Haptisk aterkoppling, the intermittent patterns of "Glitterer" , the abyssal recesses of Det Gar and the cold sikholes of "Doorplant". It comes on a carefully designed artwork by Sascha (own of the label), who wrapped this awesome release by means of exclusive artwork and is in folder cardboard sleeve, limited edition to 33 copies. Important also to mention in the recording featured the collaboration of the musicians: Vmood and Pythagora (Dan Pålsson), both from Sweden.





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