10 Suicides

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Like Periodikmindtrouble, 10 Suicides, originally a single LP from 1980, was reissued as a double CD with plenty of bonus tracks. On this second effort, Ilitch's main man, Thierry Muller, uses more musicians and even throws in vocals and song structures on a few of the tracks, though 10 Suicides is only marginally more accessible than the earlier effort. As the original album offered ten different soundtracks on suicide, this is as dark as ever, though more varied than its predecessor, going everywhere from the gentle but haunting piano interlude of "Symphonynachevee" to the harshly aggressive cyberpunk track "Periphikredcommando." On this latter track and the other songs, the voices are heavily processing and distorted, sounding something like the Residents, to match the bleak electronics and distorted guitar textures. "Waiting for Mabelle" is a strange piece of avant pop, with a catchy melody and bouncy but choppy rhythm, while "No Answer" is a nihilistic chant with industrial backdrop mixed with distorted psychedelic guitar pyrotechnics. The second disc has three live recordings, and actually comes closer to the more minimal material on Ilitch's first disc, Periodikmindtrouble, though the second track, "Comma Programma," is the complete recording from which the first disc's "Coma Programma I and II" were extracted. The tracks are quite drone-oriented, and the long third track is quite effective. It starts off like the others as droning and ambient, and then slowly builds up with intensity to a squalling noise.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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