I do not have a lot of albums like this one. Perhaps the closest one is by Marble Sheep, but that is a lot trippier. avoid!avoid does not mind to rock out, loud, in longish, instrumental songs. Without me being able to call the music rock, there's no other description then rock out to describe what is happening here. Let's focus on the start. In 'Polytechnik' the sound is direct, extremely sound, like driving into a musical wall, with a guitar on steroids. Not in speed, but certainly in effects. At a certain point the guitar is so psyched up that the noise sort of pretends to disappear from the spectrum of what my ear is able to catch. It is the drums that holds the song up, is the centre piece. Underneath it all are dark electronics doubling for the bass and producing all sorts of trippy sounds. The album continues in this vain, with an important note that the synthesizers become much more prominent.
'Flybussen' has an emotionless sort of vocal delivery. There is much more keyboard playing going on here. Again the drums are prominent. A loud, continuous pattern is played. So tight it could be a loop. As a whole it makes me think of New Order, were it not for the loud guitar that morphs in and out of the song. The toneless singing makes me think of my favourite Tubeway Army song 'Are Friends Electric?'. No matter how "simple" the structure of 'Flybussen' is, the song intrigues from start to finish. The switch from the undercooled start to the fleshed out part is excellent.
avoid!avoid is from New Zealand and a new trio. The band released an EP before called 'Low Earth Orbit'. Must be about satellites, I guess. Sonya Waters plays keyboards and sings, Stephen Ray produces all these more normal and totally out there guitar sounds, and the bio forgets to mention what Brendan Moran plays, but it must be drums. Together they play "psychospheric goodness". Usually I don't buy the bio stuff, but I can live with the description. It doesn't mean anything, but what else to call it?
It took me a while to get into Partical And Wave, over three months, but I got around. It is a huge album. In sound and intent. An album to submerge in. To float with the side melodies that come up, disappear again, to be replaced by the next. Not so much experimental as playful. Live each song could go in any direction and not take 6, 7, 8 minutes but 20 or thirty. Close your eyes and go with the flow, writes,
Wo., but not before I mention the huge and overblown 'Avoid Avoid'. the final composition on Particle And Wave. Strap in people. This is mind blowing and yes, very, very close to my Japanese friends of Marble Sheep in 2001.
You can listen to 'Drones' here:
or buy Particle And Wave at Bol.Com
This may be cheaper though: