Boomkat Product Review:
*CD VERSION INCLUDES A TRACK EXCLUSIVE TO THIS FORMAT, PLUS A PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED LIVE RECORDING FROM 1974* Enduring noise music innovators Smegma return, some thirty-eight years into their career with new album Mirage, which - somewhat confusingly - features slightly different tracklists on the different formats. Both versions open with the free-funk/splatter-jazz of 'World Of My Own', a noisy but ultimately pretty friendly assemblage of found sounds and wildly abstract garage performances. Following up, 'Mirage' is more surreal and understated, evoking a precarious, Nurse With Wound-type feel that leaves you feeling as though you're being subliminally tampered with. Switching tone all over again, the awesome 'F-85 Turbo Rocket' arrives from out of nowhere with a supremely weird rockabilly swagger, while 'That Part Of Wales' finds the group restraining themselves a little more, fashioning a strange real-time collage using various noise-making objects and even the odd musical instrument (in particular a double bass and some drums).