The Body Haters

34:13

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This release is exactly what its title says it is: a sole track, 34:13 in length. It is both the longest sole track Gira has ever officially released under any guise and perhaps his most challenging work ever as well. Removed even from the extremes of the Body Lovers work, the Body Haters (Gira credits three Swans/Body Lovers veterans -- musical/life partner Jarboe, Kris Force, and avant-garde guitarist James Plotkin -- with providing special contributions) explore a variety of specifically electronic sounds; no sense of any "real" instrument appears throughout. Both the rhythm and the dark, ambient sound are equally explored -- there are the metallic series of ascending and descending loops and the clanging patterns throughout the first half of the piece, as well as the ominous, haunting drones which come to the fore at the end. Certainly there's little to no sense of any of it being easy-listening (the introduction of what sounds like Jarboe's voice calling out in a wordless cry supplies a rather disturbing effect). 34:13 calls to mind everything from Harry Bertoia's aggressively metallic sound sculptures to Pan Sonic's barely there post-techno songs, making for a fascinating release in the end, concluding with, among other things, what sounds like heavily miked and distorted breathing. Even Darth Vader wasn't this flat-out creepy. Judging from this recording, further work by the Body Haters is welcome.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 34:13
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