Monday, 4 March 2013

Troublesome Noises of Dystopia

I'm not expecting everyone to like the churning free-jazz psychotics that take free reign on Distopia, the latest record by Italian trio Noise of Trouble (out through Brigadisco Records). In fact, there will be some of you that hate this, casting it off as either nascent pretension or bilious noise. I will respectfully disagree however - the saxophone/bass/drums onslaught is a free-range excursion into off-kilter dynamics, crafting some amazing instrumental experiments in the process. I like the most formed tracks the most (the feverish 'Genoa', whilst 'Diaz' is Shellac-like dirge tension - with horns), yet there is merit to be found in the more out-there numbers, such as spoken words 'Go Ghost Boy' (with the Italian narrator so close to the microphone you can hear his lips smack) and the lengthy minimalism of 'Dystopia #1 (interview with Giovanna Marini)'. The album reflects on a tumultuous decade, culminating in the killing of Carlo Giuliani during the manifestation of the G8 summit in Genoa. With such knowledge laid out in front of the listener, and naming the album Distopia, it is clear that this is an angry record, despite the occasional (and possibly unintentional) quirk of the slap bass becoming parodic (like on 'Ode To The Impatient').

Regardless, Distopia is an intriguing, groove heavy, heavily executed record that is incredibly well put together. Definitely check it out - you can get it here - you don't get experimental rock much like this (and to this quality). 

Noise of Trouble - Genoa
Noise of Trouble - Diaz

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