TIP OF THE TONGUE 23 NOVEMBER 2014
HR Giger's Studiolo
Pacific City Sound Visions No Cat
New privately released three hour (!) double cassette (four albums that are 43 minutes in length) in a micro-edition of only 95 copies from Spencer Clark of Fourth World Magazine/Monopoly Child Star Searchers/Skaters et al: following on from Fourth World Magazine’s recent black mirror working Pinhead In Fantasia, this one goes deep into the fantasy sex magick and new body workings of HR Giger while reanimating the cenobites of the LP as underworld psychopomps. Titles like “Giger’s Balinese Green Vaults”, “Giger’s Venusian Chestburster”, “A Nymph’s Posture In Azure” and “CD’s Peacock Acqua Regia” point to the kind of hallucinatory sound work at play here, with some of Spencer’s most aggressively formulated drone violence outside of The Skaters going up against, dark, murky, half-lit keyboard fantasias, down-tuned backwards vocal curses that sound like DJ Screw’s vision of Atlantis as the city of syrup, and sudden zagging jump-cuts that flash in and out of parallel realities. The feeling that something is going on just beneath the surface is palpable and in a way this new working is closest to Coil at their most macabre, with a feel for sidereal portraiture that is baffling and disturbing. One of the darkest trawls through basement desire and alternately-visioned worlds of Spencer’s catalogue to date, absolutely dazzling, highly recommended!