ETHER: INSULT TO THE UNCONDITIONED
CD: Backwards Records BR008 
late 1998 Patrick Urn met Lucio Duran and formed Asphyxia which became
In Ether in 1999 when the duo met Ezra Nye; all of whom are involved in
a myriad of other projects both before and since forming In Ether. They
cite such legendary underground bands as Coil, Current 93, Nurse with
Wound and Death In June as their influences and this is reflected in the
sound and composition of their music, drawing from an unorthodox approach
to music making.
Ether are far more than just Coil clones and the music elsewhere on this
album proves that. The opening track, 'Gay-Shun', is a jittery
precise digital track with a tinny oriental theme while 'A Danger'
has a stabbing beat, swirling bassy throb and deranged chanting with vocal
similarities to Genesis P Orridge of Psychic TV/Throbbing Gristle fame.
'People' takes a different stance, that of clinical breaks and
newscast sample ridden rhythms while 'Dismal Red Light' has a
steady insistent beat that builds an air of cinematic tension and portrays
a futuristic quality. In contrast, 'Zero Incursion' starts out
with an 80's style electro-indie feel to it not dissimilar to New Order
of that era and then introduces more Genesis P Orridge style vocals. 'Basement
Glass' takes things in a completely different direction, this time
with digital glitch sonic destruction and fractured electronics. Hidden
at the end of the CD and not listed on the artwork is a short bonus track
which is again an undulating experiment in electronic noise manipulation
complete with spoken word musings.
[In Ether] / [Backwards Records]
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