electronics, guitar, prepared autoharp, zither, tapes. Composed March 2020.
"Jeff Surak also steps forward to claim responsibility for Viral Dances, four tracks which will effectively destroy some 20 minutes of your hard-earned free time. Note the Muybridge cover image (from Animal Locomotion) which hints at the joys of late Victorian romance and prancery, only to have these illusions shattered by the processed grind which is packed into this digital-only missive. Plus there’s the aggressive titles, such as ‘Front Line Weapon’, ‘The Comfort of Oppression’ and ‘Slugfinger’, which soon let you know we’re not signing up to a course of foxtrot lessons. This one exhibits Surak’s genius for beautiful-ugly music, more subdued than all-out noise, with rotted coruscated melodies lurking in among the distorted pools of filth and decay. All four of these are primo examples of how post-punk and industrial influences can be reboiled and rehashed in the seething mind of the artist. For those of you who intend to get their money’s worth and use this tape for dance practice, there are some lurching rhythms and odd disaffected patterns to which you could throw shapes, providing you use a 200 lb punching bag as your dance partner. ‘Slugfinger’ is the real pop tune here, with a sick guitar sound that causes one million New Order records to cash in their pension, but you might also like the cold dissonance of ‘Front Line Weapon’. Prepared instruments, including an electric guitar and a zither, plus electronics and tapes, were used in the preparation of these four steel bullets." ~ Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector
Intelligent Noise Music of the non-entertainment genre. Netlabel, Cassettes, CDs, CDRs. Free improv, musique concrete. Black ambient metal. Field recordings, experimental electronics. Drones & Pop. Since 1983.