Boomkat Product Review:
In the wake of Frozen Niagara Falls, Dominik Fernow presents a head-flossing session on Cocaine Daughter. It’s a brutal, brilliant hour+ of music to go alongside one of our albums of the year - made in a strictly limited run of 150 copies.
Cocaine Daughter shares the root causes of a Frozen Niagara Falls album track with the same name, but in fact dates back to a 2011 recording conceived and assembled behind the coca screens with producer Arthur Rizk (who also has production credits on Frozen Niagara Falls).
The 70 minutes of music here are classic Prurient - furious recordings woven with a glistening thread of emotive dissonance, at once exhilarating, exhausting, cathartic, mesmerising.
BTK Machine Sugar opens the first side with high frequency intensity that soon gives way to a colossal low-end rumble that tries its hardest to obscure from view some intermittent VHS synths that add a neon streak to proceedings, unfolding 10 minutes of pure adrenalised anguish that, quite honestly, no one else quite manages to imbue with this much potency. It’s just epic, invigorating, unsettling noise of the highest order.
World Nail revolves around ghostly tape machine malfunctions that slide, disrupt and disorientate, while Appearing Townsman allows a bit of space and air into the rubble. Album closer White Phosphorus Baths ensures the effect is long-lasting, draining proceedings of life, leaving a flailing, harrowing imprint in your minds eye.
It’s a much more intense, noisy and reduced take on the expansive ideas found on Frozen Niagara Falls, but is no less of a testament to the sheer brilliance of one of the most uncompromising artists working in electronic music today. And though it seems inappropriate to describe Cocaine Daughter as an enjoyable listen - it will knock you out of a sense of inertia and complacency in a heartbeat. And how much music about these days can we honestly say that about...?