AREA: JOURNAL NOIR / LITHIUM PATH
2 x CD: Cold Meat Industry CMI150 
Ltd x 1000
A word normally associated with film but applicable here to this release.
Only instead of a Peter Jackson visual kaleidoscope this is more akin
to an Andy Warhol five hour avant-garde production. A double CD release
that leaves the listener with more questions than answers. And none the
wiser despite repeated plays. The debate to its musical merits will continue
for a long time. But will anyone really care in the end? The answer is
that you all should. For this labour of love… years in the making…
is one of the most challenging and perplexing releases of this, or even
for that matter, past and future releases. What Martin Bladh (IRM) and
Magnus Lindh, with contributions from Carl Abrahamsson, Anne-Marie Thim
and others, has achieved with "Journal Noir / Lithium Path"
is the ritual tearing up of the rule book. In comes a visionary alternative
music updated for the ‘here and now’. Not, I must add, a reference
to that proto hippy punk band of old. Jean-Luc Godard, the ce lluloid
equivalent of Skin Area, once said, ‘Art is a gun’. Perhaps
if he had heard "Journal Noir / Lithium Path" he would have
changed that to ‘Art is a loaded gun ready to waste you away without
hesitation or remorse’.
key to "Journal Noir / Lithium Path", the vocals, male and female,
range from banshee styled wailing and drones to psychotic surreal tales
reminiscent of what John Cale achieved whilst with the Velvet Undergound.
Those of you of a certain age may recall a track titled ‘The
Gift’ by that band. The stories unfolding here, although not
spoken in Welsh, have that same awe struck effect whilst hearing them.
And so the music slowly unfolds. Going from utterly chaotic mutilated
sonic waves to a more ethereal effects…with more than enough different
stop gaps in-between. Hard going it can certainly be…but oh so rewarding
when it finally dawns on you that out of the chaos a quiet order has descended
and taken over.
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