|Wolf Eyes — I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces (2015)|
Wolf Eyes — I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces (October 30, 2015)• Wolf Eyes cestují přes hlubiny hluku a zoufalství až k propracovanému finálnímu soundu, jako by se zastavili v místě, kde na bráně je napsáno: “Opusťte veškerou naději”. Avšak schopnost skupiny prosadit své umělecké vize s takovou vitalitou by mělo inspirovat alespoň k záblesku optimismu.
• Michigan–based experimental noise band that began as a solo project of the Beast People’s Nate Young. © Photo by Greg Cristman | http://www.gregCphotography.com/:::www.gregCphotography.com
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Album release: October 30, 2015
Record Label: Third Man Records
01. Catching the Rich Train
02. Twister Nightfall
04. Asbestos Youth
05. Enemy Ladder
06. Cynthia Vortex aka Trip Memory Illness
• Aaron Dilloway
• John Olson
• Nate Young
• Nathan Young © Credit Doug Coombe
• Like it or not: problems are everywhere: waiting dormant under your bed, writhing in the dust in your basement, within the nagging insistence creeping along the cobwebs of your mind growing stronger with every day you forget about them. Problems are at the Wailing Wall — problems are amplified LOUD in a rotten warehouse providing electronic mayhem to Satanic Unveilings: Local and Unlocal. They are the kids in the empty streets in the late august summers with nothing to do but let the antisocial damage fester in their boiling brains. They are the millions of spiders deep in the oceans looking for metal fallen from the skies. They all have one common thread of DNA sprinting thru their misift cells: the soundtrack of WOLF EYES “I AM A PROBLEM.”
• What is this audio social dissent? Its the newest and hardest–polished latest link in the long chain that locks Bo Diddely inside his homemade nuclear fallout bunker. Its Detroit–Michigan’s trio of Nathan Young, John Olson, & James Baljo’s trim and s.h.a.r.p follow up to 2013’s “NO ANSWER: LOWER FLOORS” but now the floors are at their lowest point into the mire but strengthened to its strongest foundation of six tracks of uber–sustained moods from the downtown–lights seen thru rotten eyes of the opening track “Catching the Rich Train” to the closer eight minute frozen daylight — draining downer of “Cynthia Vortex.” Inbetween these detailed sonic problems you have to climb an “ENEMY LADDER”, run from the creature gang known only as the “ASBESTOS YOUTH” only to come face to grim face with the menace only humanly known as “T.O.D.D.” The journey will twist and turn into all sorts from–scratch music tuneage which will leave both of your ears juggling with nothing but a concise PROBLEM to deal with: and your mind will be spilled across the sun–soaked concrete slab–jigsaw style IN PIECES.
• Wolf Eyes history stretches from 97–to present with over 500 releases into the either of the musical world: with units only normal instrument being a lone GUITAR thru the years: give and take some gongs and blues harmonica; strings here put thru a John Cipollina — in year 2098 live thru a drag strip filter fuzz — damage direct from Baljo. Nathan Young provides vox & electronics from a woods possessed by a spirit thats both too ancient and too futuristic to gain comfort in its own proto–rural/urban musical environment. Final member John Olson rounds out the soundscape with electronics and woodwinds whose only job title can be known as conjuring “the gut of un–nameable menace” into sound. Here on I AM PROBLEM : the trio are at their peak: relaxed but knife–focused : not a second is wasted on the streamlined atmosphere of scruffy scotch tape–electronics musique’ concrete foundation of splatter used to raise up a monument of individualism and idiosyncratic homemade misfired dribbling ROCK AND ROLL: again from the year 2098, with a new messed up misconfigured FACE.
• In conclusion: I suggest you sit back, empty your brain gels: and let this PROBLEM sink/rip/boil into your blood stream and witness the WOLF sound molecules fight their rugged way into your world–view/ personal vision and follow the dissonance to the streets to fight your own lone revolution, from scratch: at day one with YOUR MIND IN PIECES. © Photo credit: Alivia Zivich
By Dave Cantor | October 27, 2015 | 2:26pm | Score: 8.4
• There’s still an utter disdain for normalcy propelling Wolf Eyes’ latest disc, I am a Problem; Mind in Pieces, its first for Jack White’s Third Man Records imprint.
• And despite the squalid fervor that juts out in contrast to “Catching the Rich Train,” the surprisingly sedate opener, the trio is still working to arrange its raft of influences in some way that makes sense to its members.
• “Enemy Ladder” intimates skate–punk childhoods, with the song’s plodding beat shifting into something akin to a proper hardcore breakdown. The approach tangles up the group’s clear affection for other aggressive music, something that efforts like 2003’s Mugger struggled with. Sure, it’s all a noisenik’s fantasy, but that album — as well as countless others in Wolf Eyes’ endlessly expansive universe — not only looked like a release from some metal band, portions of it could favorably be contrasted with facets of black metal’s most fetid features.
• Snatches of minimalistic melody, though, push pieces of at least a few of the six tracks on I am a Problem. “Twister Nightfall” pulses with a reductive, krauty lead as lyrics about a pounding headache ooze from the miasma. It’s just barely audible and lasts for a few seconds, but an almost totally unfettered rock–guitar solo shoots through the fuzz during the composition’s closing seconds.
• While the group’s not really an electronic ensemble — it’s virtually impossible to slot Wolf Eyes into any category — it’s been able to take a wide berth, avoiding the ’80s–styled sheen that’s enveloped some of the knob–twiddling set.
• Of course, codifying any of its tendencies would relegate Wolf Eyes to meaninglessness. And while it’s arguable that working in this sub–underground fold has pretty limited possibilities, hooking up with Third Man about a decade after issuing a disc on Sub Pop might indicate immortality for an ensemble that could have just decided to fleece the noise genre’s fast–decaying corpse. • http://www.pastemagazine.com/
BY ADAM KIVEL | ON OCTOBER 28, 2015, 5:01 AM | SCORE: B
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|Wolf Eyes — I Am a Problem: Mind in Pieces (2015)|