Monday, July 9, 2012

Josh Lay & Wyatt Howland split cs

Josh Lay & Wyatt Howland
split cs
905 tapes

I have had this for a long time and I can't believe it fell through the cracks. It's a really good noise cassette. I have a bit of a man crush on Josh Lay because his whole body of work is so good. There is a sense of taste you get from noise. You aren't hearing the notes, or progressions. You aren't dissecting the lyrics but what you are getting is contrast and composition. It's more like visual art then it is like music and in Josh's case, he is like a Francis Bacon of noise. This is a dirge of noise and howling. It's frightening and wonderful at the same time. Wyatt Howland does something that sounds more like field recordings of an alien insect invasion. It's very tense and twisted sounding. There is a constant drone that seism to somehow last forever.
     It looks pretty simple from the outside but 905 does something interesting. The J card itself is one sided so all the info is where a cover would be and then there is a separate cover dropped in over that. It looks great. Simple san serif fonts that have a slightly hand laid out look. It's nice. Good colors as well. It's a good piece.

     Would I buy this? Yup.

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