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An audio documentary in sound and noise, this album was recorded over the first four days of a heavy caffeine withdrawal, each day represented by a corresponding song.
 

phlimm
caffeine withdrawal for experts

phlimm: caffeine withdrawal for experts (ACK Recordings)
Label: ACK Recordings    
Released in: USA    


"An audio documentary in sound and noise, this album was recorded over the first four days of a heavy caffeine withdrawal, each day represented by a corresponding song. Caffeine withdrawal for experts is one long piece of music, divided into four seperate "movements." Musically it is very droning, hypnotic, and noisy (think COIL / TIME MACHINES / TRIBES OF NEUROT)"-ACK



"[...] The first track/day is titled "A Doorway" and is the disc's longest track at 11 minutes. It does start off pretty droney with a near-soothing repeated guitar line ala a Red Sparowes or Neurosis build-up but then delves into a kind of Damion Romero/Hive Mind electronic/reverb-y pulse for the remainder of the tune.

Day two's "They Will Hear Me" is the wildest deviation, building around a riff so excruciatingly cheesy it sounds like it was sampled from a club scene in a movie from the Blade trilogy, replete with pseudo-industrial flecks...think of Skinny Puppy and I probably don't have to say much else.

"What Keeps Your Vibrations Low?" is a weirder jam that comes off like a noisier Aphex Twin or Merzbow at his least intimidating (maybe the Maldoror collaboration with Patton is a safe comparison)...it's never aggressive, it's just like a series of malfunctioning electronic units firing off occasionally under the watchful guise of a person...who happens to be undergoing caffeine withdrawal?

Best is saved for last on "Dream Resonance", a kind of cross-pollination between Nurse with Wound or Coil's cold electronic nighttime ambience, Schnitzler modern-day synthesizer readings and the Clockwork Orange soundtrack played out blissfully over the course of the album's last nine minutes. "Dream Resonance", huh...lives up to the title's imagery for sure. Kind of a strange, tranquil ending to a strange album (or EP? It's only 34 minutes)..."-Outer Space Gamelan






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Product Information:

UPC: 634479394263

Label: ACK Recordings
Catalog ID: ackPhlimm
Squidco Product Code: 14374

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve
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Track Listing:

1. Day 1: A Doorway 11:30

2. Day 2: They Will Hear Me 8:12

3. Day 3: What Keeps Your Vibrations Low? 5:43

4. Day 4: Dream Resonance 8:53