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Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: No Fun Productions NFP-15
Release Year: 2007
Note: oversized gatefold-cover // www.nofunfest.com/nofunprod
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"Electric Dress covers the full spectrum of sound color possibility, from totally brutal walls of destructive noise to beautiful minimal synthetic interplay, analog drone and shifting alien electronics. A total face melting collaboration recorded live in Tokyo using an array of analog synths and a variety of custom analog equipment, including Merzbow's classic home made spring-junk metal instrument. Warm, varied, and obsessive this is what industrial music should have been, the sound of infinite machines demolishing a planet and creating a new structure where live organisms have been eradicated. Edited and mastered by Jim for maximum sonic annihilation." [label info]

"Until early last year I collected everything by Merzbow and I gave up because I found it frustrating that many releases I could play once, whereas I would want to hear them more than once. Time waits for no one. Occasionally I listen to new Merzbow releases, when they land on the Vital Weekly desk and I still enjoy them. Likewise while on the subject of collecting music by a specific artist, Jim O'Rourke comes close to having a lot of, and if Merzbow is the king of noise than Jim is the king of... well, of what actually? Music perhaps. So shear excitement on my face when this landed here, a recording of Jim O'Rourke together with Merzbow and Carlos Giffoni recorded at the Uplink Factory from last year. This has classic stamped all over it. Merzbow playing his EMS synthi 'A', home made instruments and effects, Giffoni on custom synths and analog filters and Jim on synth and microphone. For Merzbow a rare thing to go back to his analogue days and a rare gig for O'Rourke who now concentrates on making films in Japan. How much more historical can it get? And oh yes, this is noise, as spelled N-O-I-S-E. Nothing for faint hearted. An hour blast, but one that goes through various stages, moods and textures. As analogue as Merzbow in his best analogue days ('Cloud Cock OO Grand', 'Rainbow Electronics'). Piercing music. Industrial music as it should be and as such nothing new under the sun but even in this old sun it's nice and warm." [FdW / Vital Weekly]