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New Angry Vegan Release: "Iceland vs. Borneo"
Free jazz trumpeter and independent record label entrepreneur Jeff Kaiser has a new CD release on his AngryVegan imprint: John Hirschmann - Iceland vs Borneo, volume 1.
Hirschmann is an electronic musician, and Kaiser describes his aesthetic as "Amazing industrial rock ambient madness..."
The tunes on Iceland vs. Borneo pulsate and ricochet and generally distort one's inner ear, (in a good way). The album's highlights happen on the pieces with a semiregular beat: "Shiva's Radar" and "Liquid Wisdom" sound like something the Terminator might want playing at his bachelor party.
There's a lot of technology-meets-nightmarish vocal distortions amid the undulating synthesizer effects here. On "Mercury Seppuku," the heavily phase-shifting space washes are nicely offset with punctuating percussive sounds that remind me of the submarine sonar "pings" in The Hunt for Red October.
You've got to experience "Aura Of Sound" for yourself. This one's got a futuristic — dare I say — dance groove, complete with a Stephen Hawking meets Beastie Boys sampling Tangerine Dream type of rap narrative.
Very creative stuff. If you're into electronics and new music and the road less traveled, visit : angryvegan.com