Throughout their 148 releases (including this one) to date, Doc Wör Mirran have been one of the most important connectors between the post-punk indie rock tape/DIY scene and its more industrial-inspired sibling, the drone/noise underground. On this album, Doc Wör Mirran (in what is basically a rock-band set-up with guitars, bass, percussion, and synths), prove this point by featuring two guests from the European drone scene: Russian drone artist Re-Drum and Sascha Stadlmeier. Known in the global dark ambient/drone scene under his moniker EMERGE, Stadlmeier increasingly operates under his given name when improvising (as he does here) with prepared bass, guitar, and objects.
Recorded on 24 March, 2016, at Doc Wör Mirran’s Two Car Garage Studios in Fürth, Germany, the two sides of the LP contain two parts from the improvisations recorded during that day – hence the understated album title. It pays to decipher the A and B side indications in the clear vinyl, as the flip between side A and B is not only a technical necessity of the format. It is also a shifting of musical scenes, and it makes sense to listen to it in the intended order. Side A establishes a rather static sonic swamp landscape, punctuated by occasional cries of passing theremin birds and the gargling of synthesised frogs, while short pulses of basslines emerge and disappear from the surface of the mix, reminding listeners that this is uncharted territory. Flip to side B, and the subdued tension built up throughout side A erupts. Metallic clangs, noisy barks, the flapping of delayed percussion, and the scratching of miked objects gang together to invade the untouched swamp, wreaking havoc in previously untouched nature until only the mournful faces of tree stumps remain (like the painted tree stump sculpture from the back garden of Doc Wör Mirran founder Joseph B. Raimond, shown on the cover).
This is improvised music with a surprisingly narrative feel. Electronic soundcraft and instrumental musicianship combine very effectively here, and the players show a great sense of economy in the gradual up building and changing atmospheric details.
File under: Drone, ambient, psychedelic, free improvisation
transparent 12" Vinyl Album
Released in 2017
limited to 300 copies
price: 16.00 EUR (excl. postage)
Stefan Schweiger – teramine, percussion
Michael Wurzer - synths
Joseph B. Raimond – guitar & bass, graphics, mixing
Sascha Stadlmeier – guitar, bass, objects, effects, cover layout, inlay graphics
Pavel Aleshin – electronics, objects
Adrian Gormley - graphics
Recorded 24.3.2016 at Two Car Garage Studios, Fürth, Germany
This is DWM release # 148
Dedicated to Heather Heyer
As always, in loving memory of Frank Abendroth and Tom Murphy
DWM: Spitzwiesenstr. 50, 90765 Fürth, Germany