I hadn’t been expecting a package, and had never heard of Quttinirpaaq or its member Matt Turner. Taped on the cover was a short self-review throwing out names like Brainbombs, Skullflower, and Les Rallizes Denudes. So, I sat down, plugged in my headphones, and put the record on.
The first track brings feedback and static vocals at the
cost of songwriting, and I found it quite an off-putting introduction. After this intro, though, the album falls
into a great noisy, industrial rock sound which it carries throughout the rest
of the tracks. Many of the tracks have a
focus on repetition in all of the layers except for a top layer of feedback and
effect-muddied vocals. Some tracks, like
“Malvert” definitely show glimpses of Skullflower styled guitar, and others,
like “Ex-Batts” have a controlled feedback guitar sound similar to the guitar
approach taken in Sightings.
Despite saying that the album ‘falls into a noisy,
industrial rock sound,’ this sound is very varied track to track. Unilke, say, a Liars album, where every track
feels part of a larger theme, Quttinirpaaq allow their songs vary track by
track. An almost ambient interlude (“Travolto”)
is followed by a riff centered track (“Dmtbrigman”) only to place an electric industrial
track after it. While this switching styles
is not necessarily bad, Quttinirpaaq could have given us one of the albums of
the year if they had focused their sound and had every track capture the
buildups and intensity found on “Malvert” and made the repetitions more stylized
to those in “Golden Needles”.
Overall, NO VISITORS
was a great surprise to me. It’s short, noisy,
and isn’t afraid to try to mix electronic elements into feedback focused
pieces. The standout track, “Malvert”,
is definitely a contender for a noise rock songs of the year list if I ever
bothered to do that (I won’t). While I wouldn’t
compare the sound on this to Brainbombs, this album is worth checking out if
you are a fan of Sightings or Keiji Haino or just want to try some new noise
rock from Austin, TX.
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