Secret Girls / Pretty Princess
Genre: furnace drone
Here we get another solid split from Winnipeg's
Prairie Fire Tapes. These folks aren't reinventing experimental
music, but they're putting out some solidly evil work that stands
out quality-wise. I'll begin this review with Secret Girls' "Anatomical
Study of the Heavenly Body," which supplies the innocent listener
with heaps of glorious industrial ambient noise -- nothing more,
nothing less. This is the sound of machines in turmoil, of churning
vats of noxious chemicals spelling out humanity's
death march. It's bleak, polar, alienating, and irresistible,
centred around a lovely magnetic, mechanic rumble that secures this
side's spot as one of the best tape works
I've heard in a while.
On the flipside, we get Pretty
Princess's joyously titled "My Prince Has Come," which is
in the same evil industrial
vein, but less abstractly miasmal, instead
populated by reverberating pounds, clanks, and squall.
Similar to Secret Girls' opus, this is the
soundtrack to maudlin dystopia, less atmospherically devilish than
its tapemate, but a suitable companion no less.
As it is, this whole package is a malignant delight.
sample of secret girls' track, courtesy of prairie fire
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