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MAMIFFER/HOUSE OF LOW CULTURE
"While having been formed years apart, in disparate locations and under different circumstances, the worlds of Mamiffer and House of Low Culture have drawn increasingly closer over time. Now sharing core members (Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner), physical proximity (Seattle-area in Washington state) and intimate creative information, it seems only fitting that the two should be paired together for a split album. Originally released in a limited run of CDs by Utech Records, the couple behind the aforementioned groups have further conspired to produce the album on the vinyl format via their own SIGE Records imprint." This formation of House Of Low Culture features Z'EV on percussion and is mastered by James Plotkin. Housed in a gorgeous sleeve; hand-numbered edition of 500 copies.
"The process of experiencing a musical composition is like decoding a puzzle. The mind registers the emotional implications within a melody, the timbre of the instrumentation, the tempo of the music, and the subject matter of lyrics. Listeners then must decipher this relatively complex code and project their own meanings and feelings to that particular pattern of sound. As a culture, we've also come to ascribe connotations to formulas and clichÚs. These are reference points, a context, and a shorthand method of leading the listener to a certain conclusion. The compositions are malleable and organic, taking on a multiple forms. A song takes a fixed and permanent shape on record, and assumes a completely different incarnation in the live setting. Over the course of
five songs, Mamiffer travels between moments of minimalist tone worship, choral meditations, syncopated funeral marches, elaborate odd-time classical passages, and deconstructed doom metal. At its core, it's a melancholic and occasionally vengeful exploration of texture and melody. It's a sonic journey, a dynamic, living, breathing experience, a labor of love, and a bold new language."
"For over 25 years, northwest native Daniel Menche has been involved with innovative methods of composition and sound experimentation. His formative work being rooted in noise has since developed into highly idiosyncratic and sophisticated forms, while remaining integrated with the genre's emotionally visceral core.
is another step forward in this ongoing evolution, and a formidable experience for the listener. Animality is a recurrent theme in Menche's work, displayed prominently within four long form compositions that comprise the album. An avid and voracious hiker, Menche found great inspiration in the beautiful lament of howling wolves during his overnight expeditions; and ultimately chose these sounds as the core sonic elements for
. By layering and distending wolves voices, a choir of howls was constructed -- a massive sound wall colliding with layers of poly-rhythmic drums, abstracted guitar, and piano. Fluctuating from somber ambiance to a seemingly endless cascade of noise, the songs lure the listener into a darkened forest of howling serenades, propulsive rhythms, deconstructed instrumentation, and mother nature's primal cacophony."
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