VIODRE – Interpol Alchemi

Seemingly out of nowhere and without warning, Hospital Productions released what they deemed as “one of the top ten noise records of all time” this year.  A lot of uproar in online forums and word-of-mouth seemed to confirm the claim.  This somewhat under-represented CD of phantom fame is VIODRE’s Interpol Alchemi [sic], which marks the first non-CDr, non-cassette release for the noise duo of Bryan Gilroy and Jared Turinsky.  And though Hospital has showered the release with official praise, the CD seems to be falling short of the momentum that Prurient and Ash Pool experienced this year (perhaps due to those projects’ already established fanbases).  The modest buzz is partly what makes this record so exciting, however, as Interpol Alchemi is really damn good.  It seems like such a well-kept secret that I am almost reluctant to share it out of pure selfishness, and perhaps that selfishness is derived from the makeup of the record, constructed with such depth and grace that at even the harshest, most brutal moments of the album one is enthralled and engrossed on a deeply personal level.  This is perhaps a result of how the record  plays inside of you, gets under your skin, and lingers in your head longer after each listen.

Another important attribute of this collection is the dynamics of the record as a whole, which shifts with such variation that the noise becomes rather musical, not unlike John Wiese’s recent Seven of Wands.  This seems to be a recurrent trend within noise:  artists breaking from purist genre boundaries and being liberal with their composition, such as with Prurient’s “controversial” Bermuda Drain.  While Interpol is a less extreme case than BD, it nevertheless takes classic noise elements to an all new and pleasing aesthetic with little to no pretense.  Highly recommended.


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