Xedh - Katabole
On first view of the abstract image on the black sleeve that houses the black disc my first thought was 'Hooray! Another humourless 40 minutes of dull and insipid noise.' (attentive readers will have started to notice just how bored I'm getting with full on circle jerk total noise music) but Xedh (happily) is not about the noise. Not about the noise at all...oh, ok he is a bit but he's also about a hell of a lot more as well.
Katabole is a great big simmering stew-pot of sounds and ideas - some hot some cold, some loud some quiet, some identifiable some mysterious, some spicy some bland, some that are comfortable some that are distinctly not. A stew-pot that Miguel Garcia (for it is he who is Xedh) is dipping his spoon into and stirring. Like the finest of cooks he ensures the temperature and timing is immaculate and nothing is allowed to stick or burn and all the ingredients are added so that they are at their best at the optimum time and in the perfect proportions to produce a sumptuous feast of an album.
Xedh - Serpents
Regular readers of WWR will already be familiar with the work of this here fella in one or other of his pseudonyms, Miguel A Garcia or Xedh. Under each name he seems to produce a different form of music. His given name is abstracted experimental drone whilst Xedh is for industrialised noise. And that is, exactly, what we have here. 3 tracks of relentless pounding metallic noise that is as true to the term 'industrial music' as it possible to get. It's a screaming, cacophonic maelstrom of sound that lasts a mere 18 minutes but at the end your ears feel like they've done an 8 hour shift in a steel pressing plant.
If you like your music loud and rhythmic then look no further.
Xedh - Vinduskarm
(Triple Bath TRB.015)
I knew he had it in him somewhere. I've reviewed four (solo) pieces by Miguel A. Garcia in WWR over the last couple of years and whilst they've all been, at the very least, listenable there's always been a little niggle or two that has kept me from giving them an all out enthusiastic rave. Well, he's certainly dispelled any doubts I may have had with this fabulous release. The last piece I reviewed by him (his live EP under his given name, go check the archives if you're curious) was a delightful, microtonal, minimalist abstraction that was absorbing in it's sparsity but equally way too short to be fully satisfying. Vinduskarm on the other hand is a leisurely showcase of Garcia's compositional skills as he lays and overlays a plethora of sounds and textures to sumptuous effect. Even during it's more raucous moments (which are rare as the album is generally a fairly sedate affair) it is never rushed or excessive. Garcia's control is absolute and he manages every aspect of the sound with consummate skill. It's very much deserving of your time.
Xedh / Imbernon – Anekkyy
I don’t know Jon Imbernon who provides guitar & effect pedals for this here release but Miguel A. (Xedh) Garcia is a regular visitor and denizen of the noisier end of music’s spectrum.
Here his no-input mixer and oscillators combine with Inbernon’s sonic weapons of choice to good effect. It’s definitely noisy but this no screaming feedback drenched sonic masturbation, this is controlled, textured, contoured and mature. The two are listening and interacting and producing some very nice, if not particularly restful, results.
‘Anekkyy’, without rules, without structure but not without skill or beauty.