Boomkat Product Review:
Cologne's Titanboa debuts on a-Musik with a damp and fetid offering that crosses DIY noise methodologies with experimental turntablism, studio wizardry and organ improvisation. RIYL Pharmakon, Puce Mary or Ramleh.
Mastered by the unstoppable Marcus Schmickler, 'Porphyr' is a mushy headfuck of an album, described by the label as "electroacoustic noire and contemporary post-industrial chamber music". We can't disagree, the music sounds as unsettling and alive as the most tape-damaged white noise private press, and as well-engineered and realized as a Sub Rosa tome. But it's the turntablism aspect of "Porphyr" that gives Titanboa her special sauce. On 'Trwm' the album kicks fully into gear, with decomposed rhythms clattering beneath off-piste oscillators and frothing waves of white noise. It's only with closer inspection that you realize those rhythmic loops are locked grooves, forming a bizarre backdrop that works like a sonic optical illusion.
'Disasta Komiti' is equally impressive, elevated by choral voices that dig into ruff-edged electronics and clipped ryhthms, sinking us beneath a static mass of distorted sound and malfunctioning electronics on 'Falsche Zähne', before allowing light to poke thru on 'Turmanl'. We're back in the fog on finale 'Erzulie', an unsettling overture that splays B-movie organ sounds over sheet noise and choral vocals.
Very strong gear, nice to have you back A-Musik.