Boomkat Product Review:
Michigan noise celebs John Olson and Nate Young are joined by new blood James Baljo to coin their new era of mutoid wave music on 'No Answer: Lower Floors'.
You freaks will also be pleased to hear that former members Aaron Dilloway and Mike Connelly return to the fold for this slab of cold, zombied meat, converging primal visions of regressed futures previously imagined in records by the likes of TG or The German Shepherds. There's a sense that the group's divergent individual interests - Nate Young with Regression, Stare Case, Moon Pool & Dead Band, John Olson with Henry & Hazel Slaughter or Birth Refusal, and James Baljo with Human Eye or 696 Blues Band - have crept back into this new album, especially in the feel for rhythm and space. It's a malign sound, lurching from the quasimodo swagger and snotty vocals of 'Choking Flies' to the petrified pinnacle of twelve minute epic 'Confession Of The Informer' propelled by unusually rendered, hollow kick drums that toil, sisyphus-like in the sound's basement, while the magi ensemble decode "the wilderness into the soul of humanoid" from an arsenal of delays, primitive electronics, woodwinds and raw guitar, illusively mixed in their communal "gambling/clubhouse/art space."
If we're forced to pick highlights from this cadaverous mass then the steady pulses and eastern-soured harmonics of 'Chattering Lead' is a no brainer, and the monotonous squallor of 'Warning Sign' will pacify those with a taste for saltier noise. Anyhow, if you're getting a bit tired of former noisniks making 'Techno' - or if you just want to hear what originality, vision, brilliance and progression is really all about - welcome to one of the strongest albums of any description you'll hear in 2013.