Joris J/Ratbag – Liar Paradox (MP3, kulturterrorismus)

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I’m not too familiar with either of these noise artists, nor the kulturterrorismus net label that Liar Paradox was released on. But Joris J, I see, has done a number of harsh noise releases put on various small labels. On Liar Paradox, both artists contribute a few mid-length tracks of modulating harsh noise, for about a grand total of 25 minutes.

First up on the split is Ratbag, with a droning industrial track titled “Am Tag nach der Sendung”. Moody atmospheric slices of feedback, floating sustained chords with wisps of texture, and some clangs from junk metals and perhaps even some modulated guitar are on offer, and it’s a nice dreary short piece to start Liar Paradox, often combining the industrial’s unsettling crashes into a windy drone. “A Blue Stork Is Born By a Moonlight Tower” tends more towards harsher sounds, with some crunchy static rattles interspersed with bass bubbling and a tinny, high-pitched feedback line. The way the noises cluster in the middle of the track, between the bubbles and the feedback, is beautiful in its own paradox, both harsh and yet hypnotic. The same goes for “Regression Methods Give Misleading Results”; the whirs of the electronics, subtle surges of feedback, and the muffled cries beneath the surface are hauntingly plotted, simply conveyed within deep sonic textures.

Joris J’s noise often reminds me of something you’d hear in A Nightmare on Elm Street, with synth-like pangs and very atonal variations on music – “I, Mudd” with its various modulated synth notes manages to hit varying degrees of eerie soundscapes, often switching from bursts of chiming to lows of humming notes churned with static. “Stand Alone Complex” steals its opening from some really corny ’70s sitcom, then jumps right into a pulsing loop. I’m not too taken with the quick intro, as it doesn’t really come up again in the track nor does it really lead into what we’re about to hear, so for me it remains a mystery as to why it’s included. The track is a pretty standard drone of low rumbles with random pings and judders. It’s enjoyable but not overly impressive to listen to. Joris J ends his selection on Liar Paradox with two short pieces, drones that could have stood to last just a tad bit longer, especially the underdeveloped track “The Green Death”, which seems like a new avenue for Joris J but quickly ends without much exploration.

Liar Paradox is a nice set of drones and harsh noises from two rather unknown artists. Color me impressed by some of the sounds heard on this split – while certain tracks have a tendency to feel grounded in the normalcy of the genres, others are elevated by the artists’ individual talents.

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