Art Schnurple – Skip the Clouds and Get to the Fucking (3″ CD-R, Pigdurt Productions)

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Art Schnurple’s 3″ title is taken from a line in a George Carlin book. Contextually, it’s used as a means of speeding up the process of reading – forget about the ominous setting and the get to the heart of the action, or, in Carlin’s eloquent words, the “fucking.” And Art Schnurple’s noise takes plenty of cues from this sound advice; the lack of an introduction to sound, the forceful enveloping of the listener in a noise that requires no previous build. Skip the Clouds and Get to the Fucking also tends to use this phraseology in the structure of the noise: cut-up collages of sounds pushed together, requiring no lead-in but just there as a sort of tour de force.

The idea behind Art Schnurple’s sound is a sort of schizophrenia of ideas melded together, rarely sticking with one succinct base or grounding point. “Karma Crank” and “Sunshine Up Your Ass” cement this theme, two longer tracks sandwiching the short “Apocalypse Nipples” in place. These two tracks are hard to summarize except for the fact that they’re both a combination of heavily manipulated electronic pieces often fused with samples that create a systematic collage. They’re not as aimless as I may have made them out to be, often sticking with a finite pitch or soundwave, but they often wander variably throughout the process. “Karma Crank” tends to fuse higher pitched waverings with fuzzy static backdrops, and “Sunshine Up Your Ass” more tinny and vibrato sounds – yet they somehow resist classification with the tinkerings of Art Schnurple, a consistently labyrinthine sound that twists and turns.

“Apocalypse Nipples” has a different sort of tone, a sample-like collage that establishes an interesting structure with rhythmic loops of bass and guiro that are often interrupted by abrasive noise crunch. It’s a different sort of sound, but one I really enjoyed; it works well between the two bookends of electronics, and the rhythm of the guiro gives a good cadence that Art Schnurple can manipulate in the collage.

Though I’m not a huge fan of the more chaotic alterations harsh noise allows, Art Schnurple pairs sounds together in interesting collages which leave more listens a plus; picking out how each aspect of the track compliments the other is engaging, and sometimes feels like both an exercise in critical analysis and maybe a fruitless endeavor, as though the tracks are also representative of defying logic.

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