VAINIO, MIKA & JOACHIM NORDWALL - MONSTRANCE (2LP)


"Monstrance documents Mika Vainio & Joachim Nordwall reshaping guitars, drums and incendiary electronics at Einstürzende Neubauten's Berlin studio back in 2010. The results were originally issued by Touch in 2013, with this new 2LP edition arriving on Nordwall's iDEAL label five years later as a posthumous tribute and reminder of his erstwhile collaborator. In our opinion, it's one of Vainio's most crucial and absorbing collaborations; moving away from ice-cold electronic precision and into a more visceral re-rendering of Metal. In a sort of fantasy regression imbued with the spirit of their shared heroes - Einstürzende Neubauten - Mika returns to the instruments he cut his teeth on way back in the '80s, manning electric guitar, drums and effects, while Nordwall takes control of electronics, electric bass, Hammond organ and vibraphone, with both arriving at a mutually primal conclusion of distortion and fiercely charged electro-acoustic air. All the track titles allude to metal (in the material sense), which gives you a firm sense of the hard, grey tonal palette the duo worked with. But Nordwall and Vainio generate such an impressive array of music out of this ascetic approach that we can't really think of much in either of their extensive repertoires that sounds much like the hour of music they created here. It's one of Vainio's most impressive and unique collaborations outside of Pan Sonic, an essential exploration of silence and noise." (label info)
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2018| IDEAL RECORDINGS | 24.90


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