Pussy & Sorrow – Opening the Theta Door (CD-R, St. Paul at the End of the World Industries)

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Pussy & Sorrow offers up three noise walls on Opening the Theta Door, the debut release from the project. Clearly the artist has heard some walls before and knows what to do with them, because the release features some very creative ways to deal with the monotony of throwing on some static and some bass and letting them duel with each other.

In fact, each of three walls feels entirely different thanks to Pussy & Sorrow’s MO: he combines a wall of sound – whether that be static and bass or otherwise – and pairs it with background loops of ambiance, vocals, or found sounds. It’s an idea that could fare pretty poorly in the wrong hands; I can just imagine something akin to the sound of someone performing a wall over crowd noises at a bowling alley as though the background sounds are just seeping in, or the presence of an audience as in a live recording with barroom conversation.

But the tracks on Opening the Theta Door feel authentic and intentional. Pussy & Sorrow drapes each one with a different type of wall, from the bassy static of “De Veritas Dom Deus” paired with Gregorian chanting to the chaotic barrage underneath “DARE Mani Padme Hum.” “Dark Energy” sizzles with a distorted, buffery sort of sound; all of these walls are sufficiently different and yet minimally moving.

Opening the Theta Door is an intriguing form of harsh noise wall that emphasizes both foreground and background in the wall; both are important for  the sound, and it makes for a complex, hypnotic listen.

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