In its first years of activity, the Crouton label built a well-deserved reputation as an outlet for cutting-edge musical ventures, from free improvisation to sound art. The arrival of Matt Waldron in the roaster adds a touch of dark ambient to the label's palette. Waldron's ties with Nurse With Wound (both musically and graphically, since his artwork has graced a few of their albums) and Stilluppsteypa show everywhere on Dust Pincher Appliances. Released under the moniker irr. app. (ext.), this CD culls the material from a 10" EP released by Something Weird in 1998 and three extra tracks intended for a follow-up 10" that didn't materialize at the time. Waldron has reworked all the material for this release. Each track is a sonic roller coaster, with acoustic instruments (piano in particular), electric instruments, electronics, voices, samples, and a few things not of this earth. Anything goes in Waldron's universe, sonic relations stemming from a Dadaist artistic sense. The music is whimsical, busy, and extremely confusing if you're looking for meaning or direction. And yet, it doesn't drown into chaos or noise; on the contrary it has a certain accessible charm fans of the Nurse With Wound/Coil axis will surely detect. From the disquieting drones and body sounds of "A Body Rendered Disjecta Membra Through the Application of Dust Pincher Appliances" all the way to the vinyl surface noise and music box choir of "Marcoinvitatorintraphasieschatological Music Box," this album never stops to surprise the listener.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture