Noise Manifesto Records
TBR: 12th April
As we all wait with whited knuckles for the far-too-long-awaited Paula Temple debut album, we're given another brief teaser with a new single. Raging Earth is all about climate change and the societal frustration at those who continue to plunge the Earth into human induced re-climatisation. Don't they care that thousands of large settlements are situated on coastal areas, or that wildlife has adapted perfectly to the way things are today and can only adapt over gradual changes? It will take thousands if not millions of years for the ecosphere to re-diversify if we lose any fraction of life caused by our own actions. Do the immediate needs of the world's wealthiest and developing countries warrant such recklessness? This track and its equivalent B-side is getting in your face and demanding you think about it.
It begins on a sinister synthesiser tone that grows in amplitude over the progression of a few bars. Waves of sonic sea course in the background, again building in volume to match their companion tones. Then, a dancing beat cuts through the fanfare to bring a party atmosphere to the moving sounds. More rhythms are layered in, and at an appropriate moment, those creepy synthesiser sounds swell back into the mix. These make way for more ambient sonics and patterns of synthetic melody while pounding beats resonate through the whole piece. Frantic, arms in the air dancing is the obvious choice for this track made by an authentic re-mixer of The Prodigy (signed stuff).
The B-side, Raging Noise, is exactly that. It begins on heavily distorted synthesiser tones that break like quarried rocks into bitty and synthetic noise. Crumbling facias of sound lean forwards in stereo vision while amplitudes swell and merge both worlds together. Wavering and desperate, the sounds continue on, making seemingly little progress through the mush of broken down wavelengths. Subtle shifts in tonality and direction of sonic flow bring about new corridors and directions for the sludgy river of black noise to creep down. It's a ghastly scene, one artistic piece of music, and perhaps a really important message.
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