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simon wickham-smith - Extreme Bukake
Double-barrel psych from SImon Wickham-Smith on VHF, following up on his Butterfly Dust LP. The provocatively titled Extreme Bukake is an assault of sorts on devotional musics, from Catholic hymns to Hare Krishna prayers. While Wickham-Smith's laptop dissections can yield very beautiful results - particularly on the prolonged, two-part dronescape 'Ave Regina Celorum' - it's not all so easy on the ear. There's a viciousness to the opening passages of 'Sri Guru-Vandana' that seems incompatible with anything that might be deemed sacred, and certainly the noisy glitches heard on 'The Self-Immolation Of Thich Quang Duc' offer a violent depiction of the infamous suicide protest by the titular Vietnamese monk. It's hard to know what to make of Extreme Bukake, but it's safe to assume that some listeners will find it fairly distasteful, and yet more will find Wickham-Smith's sound-sculpting undiscerning and devoid of ingenuity.