Menstruation Sisters, Samantha, My Whack Panther
For the past few years, we at Impose have sometimes wondered whether Thurston Moore's got weird detuned marketing angles swimming around in his big cranium, or whether it was just his taste for 70s idols Iggy, Bowie, et al that led him towards some of his heavy-ish rock and folky rock stuff he was putting out. Not a single nor LPs to Ecstatic Peace's discredit, but their latest round of vinyl LP releases bear a much stronger resemblance to the experimental lineups Moore shows up to play on at Glasslands and with his SYR compatriots and collaborators.
Mouthus, Divisionals and Mutant Ape, Erotic Yorkshire
In a sense, the new range of material is more cloistered within the halls of inaccessibility. On the other hand, the records range from the Menstruation Sister's fantastically Jandekian muttering 'n' bass farts (Samantha, My Whack Panther) to Servile Sect's crystalline Black Metal (Stratospheric Passenger). In between there, (or perhaps in a fourth dimension loosely connected to these two releases) are three noise records by constellations of the contemporary firmament: Mouthus (Divisionals), Mutant Ape (Erotic Yorkshire), and a collaboration between MSBR and Richard Ramirez (Negative/Offensive).
Richard Ramirez/MSBR, Negative Offensive and Servile Sect, Stratospheric Passenger
Mouthus are “at their sweetest” in Divisionals, in that there are gorgeous, warbling melodies crumbling before your ears amidst the light-industrial destruction plowing uneven lines through the record. For Negative/Offensive, MSBR and Richard Ramirez created an LP worth of what could be a hacksaw carefully being cut into perfect cubes by a hacksaw, forged through mailing the mutilated material back and forth. The man behind MSBR, (a.k.a. Koji Tano), passed away four years ago, so this record is as much a tribute to him as it is, ostensibly, to The New Blockaders. Finally, the Mutant Ape release, Erotic Yorkshire, is a largely unforgiving foray into electronic overdrive, with occasional glimpses into Mr. George Proctor's softer tendencies, shadowy bits of melody discerned flitting through the fuzz and suddenly revealing themselves as slow-moving, ambient dirges.
You can buy all of them at Ecstatic Peace's website.