Visions of Excess

Sensitive Disruption

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Beware of any band that states its purpose in overarching social terms, especially if that statement is incoherent. Here‘s what Visions of Excess (Nirto Karsten Fischer and former Clock DVA member Paul Browse) have to say about what they‘re up to: "Living in times where antagonisms disrupt human lives, it's necessary to find forms of constructive re-articulations with high-tech tools and uncontrolled desire." Not very promising, that. But the music, for the most part, is surprisingly reassuring: "Belief Systems" is marred somewhat by the cookie-cutter existentialist pronouncements of writer Robert Anton Wilson (who contributes spoken-word vocals on three tracks), but "Transvaluation" combines a jungle-derived rhythmic base with a cool, dry musical texture to very nice effect, while the busy yet dreamy "Expanding Wave" takes things in a different, but equally rewarding direction and the vaguely glitchy and attractively disjointed "Search Goes On" hints at both technocentric dystopia and the possibility of cool and funky music that does not involve human input. The overlong "Object to Be Destroyed" consists of extended and arrhythmic ambient yada-yada followed by extended and beatwise yada-yada and will test the patience of all but the most submissive listener. Overall though, this album is very worthwhile.

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