Various Artists

No Rewind (August of MRW44)

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The new Scottish label MRW44 comes remarkably to life, kicking and alive, with the impressive compilation No Rewind. On the menu: first-choice noise and experimental music, discovery galore, and a pinch of reliable "old" bands. First of all, two thumbs up for Late Night Foreign Radio, from Glasgow, Scotland, with two magnificent tracks: the noisy math rock "Pythagotron" and the post-rock-oriented "Searching for Coran," with its nice trumpet. The second Servo track is very interesting too, an instrumental tune mating dissonance and raw power. Unfortunately, the other track by the French band is not as good as this "Instru No. 1." Also in the collection is a Guapo song, recorded as a work in progress prior to the final album version. Promised for an upcoming album, "The Baron" features sampled bass loops with bass melodies on top, cross-hatched by endless drum rolls, with a gothic undertone. Black Sun works in a dark atmosphere too, but heavier and gloomier than what listeners get with Guapo, whose "Body to Body" song is reminiscent of Neurosis' long heroic pieces -- a victorious battle in itself. Opening and closing the album are two experimental bands, Death Cat and Neck Doppler, which propose bizarre music -- especially Death Cat, developing a theme for nearly 20 minutes.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:19
2
4:44
3
7:19
4
4:28
5
2:40
6
10:13
7
11:54
8
6:36
9
19:55
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