If we’re talking desert island discs. They permanently etch their unique mark on your entire life, that change the way you consume and analyze music, sharpen your expectations and completely shift your viewpoint. This is artist, producer and movie director Mr. Oizo’s Moustache (Half A Scissor). Defined by a constant industrial overtone, this album is a robotic mimicry, a monster chest. A love doll’s blank stare emphasizing the unfeeling character and chaotic ethics.
The End is your first taste of this apocalyptic fever dream, thrusting you face first into malevolent energy. Vagiclean 2 is a violently staggering percussion beast, stumbling into the hyper-tension of Straw Anxious. Nurse Bob regulates in the middle, a sinking quagmire synth nightmare needled by sharp synth lines, portending calculated doom. Berleef rests comfortably on its entrancing pulse, stapled with quick bursts of feedback and unintelligible English, creating a rhythmic Geiger hell. Scum Hotel moves at impossible stop-stutter speed, beats breaking off and going silent by the half-second, leading into a fragmented Drop Urge Need Elle, snippets of voice modules filling the space between an ever escalating minor synth line, culminating in an abrupt end with no conclusion, quickly starting the next interlude. Melody is only strived for, seemingly randomly generated. Corrupted tape loop beats infiltrate each track, intelligently constructed but somehow lacking any humanity. Fucked up. Absolute insanity.
His label deemed it unlistenable. This is decidedly untrue.
This album taught me to appreciate uncomfortable, disconcerting music. The goal is not always a catchy, pleasant tune. An album continues to hold power when it elicits unknown feeling.
I managed this Brainfeeder /1000 repress early on in the hobby, thankfully. As fresh as it ever was.
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