"Div/orce is a seven-inch
series devoted to exploring the similarities between underground electronica
and noise rock through direct juxtaposition. Condemning lenient comparisons,
the results are seriously in-your-face singles that force the parallels,
blinking, into the sunlight. The series's third volume offers proof that
drum 'n' bass and droning noise rock are kissing cousins.
Hrvatski's skittish "Une Drôle De Journée" is an organic exploration of cut
beats and samples, which flow in and out of each other until they finally
slam into each other late in the track, generating a severe nod-inducing
riff that owes more to rock than any number of turntables. Like other
producers, Hrvatski's compositions can't rightly be termed songs due to the
freeness of their structure, but any attempt to dismiss his tracks'
song-ness is an ignorant rockist conceit.
Sightings' offering is mired in bass-heavy drone, tuneless chanting and
yelling. "Back To Back" is about as far from songlike as noise rockers get
before crossing the line into Lightning Bolt-style shock tactics. By
incorporating a repetitive riff over the entire piece, Sightings free
themselves to explore layers of feedback and noise outside of a traditional
song structure. The resemblance to electronica couldn't be more striking." -
"Part three of nine in the Ache Div/orce
split seven inch series is, as promised, a strange meeting between two
groups that are already strange enough. Despite the juxtaposition in sound,
this split made me wonder what the two songs might share and,
unsurprisingly, it's the spirit of these two songs that comes across has
being most common and important. Sightings' "Back to Back" is a chainsaw
covered in the slime of viscera and dried blood: a typhoon of drums,
cymbals, unholy feedback, and droned out buzz dedicated to unleashing the
fury locked up inside of every cynical eye, ear, and nose across the world.
Nevermind the vocalists unrelenting mumble-scream style that manages to
speak of the confusion that the music belches out. Hrvatski, on the other
hand, sounds smooth; he is a drum loving, acid eating messiah of electronic,
defective freak-out pandemonium and it just never gets old. His
Irrevocably Overdriven Break Freakout Megamix still occupies a place in
my CD player, but this track sounds like a shadowy, perverse mirror of
everything on that album. His programming is as erratic and epileptic as
ever, but the melodies that occupy the middle of "Une Drôle De Journée"
("The Funny of the Day") are soothing and trippy, a day dream walk in the
middle of an ignorant air raid on the world. The music bounces and skips
about with more energy and joy than a boy just laid for the very first time.
Both bands are in top form on this split and besides, with summer in full
swing and the humidity raging outside, perhaps a little sweaty breakdown
action is in order to keep the blood flowing and the feet moving." -
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