NIA / MINDSPAWN: EROTOMECHANIKS
CD: Punch Records PP009 
Ltd x 500
Night In The Key Of Madness
Nemoch - Sarath
lists is the new rock n roll…possibly. There’s something ultimately
satisfying and therapeutic about making a ‘top ten’ list of
all your favourite subjects. So far I’ve gotten through two notebooks
based on my musical tastes. Things like…favourite groups beginning
with the letter ‘M’…Megaptera, Melek-Tha, MZ412, Mike
and the Mechanics…?? My tastes are strange and varied. What’s
so exciting about these lists is that they are constantly evolving and
changing. Out of any ‘top ten list’ only the top three entries
normally survive any continued reappraisal. This release will be going
into my ‘top ten’ list of ambient recordings…and for
those of you with an impetuous streak you can go straight to the last
paragraph to see where I’ve placed it. Thinking about it…those
of you with an aversion to severe butt licking would be advised to move
swiftly onto the third paragraph as the following may be too much for
you to take. Don’t say I haven’t warned you.
Coph Nia: "That which remains" and Mindspawn: "Null Infinite"
join forces for a 7 track musical trip into the heart of a biomechanical
machine. A Philip K Dick novel set to a musical accompaniment. Visualising
musically machines as living breathing matter the music is a mixture of
proto Industrial with a SFI black ambient heart and the controls set fully
to darkest atmospheric. Any release by Coph Nia is greatly anticipated
by this reviewer…even when he hangs, draws and quarters a Leather
Nun song into oblivion as he did on "Shape Shifter". You just
cannot help but admire his fluid work and audacity to reshape music into
dynamic dimensions . As for Mindspawn…he’s been AWOL for far
too long after the exciting "Null Infinite" release. Bringing
together these luminary’s of the dark side of electronics to work
on this project is a masterstroke of pure genius. Utilising their immense
pool of talent they have sculpted out a recording of stunning vivacity
and depth that does them both huge credit. Why they have never worked
before together is a mystery as on this showing they may be great individually
but together they have attained a Prophet messiah like status that shits
over their luminaries. Over the top possibly but ultimately true…minus
the Prophet messiah bit if you’re an unbeliever.
Of course at the end of the day it’s for the music that "Erotomechaniks"
will stand or fall. Music must have a connecting bond of empathy with
the listener if success is to be rightly achieved. The need to draw a
mystical world through the power of music…where every singular note
awakens and plays on the imagination…where cohesion and balance
is offset by ingenious radical diversions…where leading a playful
dance doesn’t alienate but illuminate the aural experience…and
"Erotomechaniks" accomplishes all this with aplomb. The sheer
vibrancy of the darkest of dark soundscapes is a guilty pleasure to be
repeatedly savoured and picked over until the bones of it are sucked dry.
Yeah…it might just be another black ambient recording chugging along
the production line conveyer belt…but this is one mean phallic motherfucker
so erect and hard you’ll not be able to keep your hands off it.
Resolutely and positively amazing in every aspect.
In at number three with a bullet. It will remain there for a very long
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