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powell - body music ep (album preview)

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    *Excerpts from the album. Now available at Experimedia.net.* Powell returns to Diagonal to present five new rhythm tracks that reaffirm the label's preoccupation with jagged No Wave and
    forward motion, contemporary electronics. Shards of analogue noise splinter around the fractured movements of the broken
    drum-work, evoking the off-kilter jams of Blurt and 23 Skidoo as much as the linear surge of cold, hard EBM.

    The effect is bleak, wooden and stripped of all emotional residue, although traces of tribal funk lurk somewhere in the shadows.
    As before, it's intense and suffocating stuff — and this edition limited to 500 copies.

    **1st EDITION COMES IN PMS802, HIGH GLOSS INNER HOUSED IN A DIE CUT 12" ALBUM SLEEVE** DIAGONAL-RECORDS.COM

    Review from www.TheQuietus.com ::
    " Powell has been explicit about his music's interests via his titles: his debut was named The Ongoing Significance Of Steel & Flesh (and featured
    a neat little remix from King Stern himself, Karl O'Connor, aka Regis), and its follow up now arrives as Body Music. It's a little less
    obviously techno-leaning than its predecessor, but otherwise continues in the same vein: where contemporaries like Raime prefer their
    sounds as cast iron, Powell's materials are fleshier - corroded copper, rotting wood and hunks of human body. They're bolted together
    into ramshackle, Frankenstein's monster post-punk tracks - the caustically funky bass guitar of the title track sounds as though it was picked
    up by a mic accidentally left running in the corridor outside a practice session, and the tapes lobbed into a filing cabinet and untouched for
    the following 30 years or so. These mummified recordings have the dust blown out of their bones by punishing sub-bass muck that could
    have been dredged straight from the nearest canal, studded with shopping trolleys, body-part-containing bin bags and all manner of seedy detritus.
    The whole thing's a weirdly meditative listen, despite its rocky edges, and by the end you feel outwardly filthy but strangely purged on the inside. RG "

    Released by: diagonal
    Release/catalogue number: diag002lp
    Release date: Jul 18, 2012

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