Andrew King & Brown Sierra - “The Kraken” (Dais Records 2010)
I seriously feel like Dais Records can do no wrong. Well I take that back, the Awen record they put out is pretty awful, I’m not gonna lie. This record is not however. Dais is the kind of label that I buy everything they put out, because I have only been disappointed once, but the majority of the acts on there I’ve never heard of before.
To be honest I skipped this record when it came out, but when their last batch of preorders went up they had copies of this listed, so I picked one up. Having no knowledge of the performers prior to hearing this, I had no idea what to expect. Apparently Andrew King was in Sol Invictus (a band I admit have never heard before but seen their name around for years) and Brown Sierra are a noise band that sound like a less intense Bastard Noise. So this 12” sees the two acts combine and create something totally unique and interesting. The titular track is my favorite, its almost like soft power electronics; gentle buzzing and hiss from Brown Sierra while Andrew King reads a poem about the Kraken from the 1800’s. It’s quite an interesting concept of blending modern sounds with centuries old text (and I know Prurient does this too, but he mostly screams the words which is not the way the texts would have been read when they were written).
The B side (this is an EP by the way, I forgot to mention that) has Andrew King singing about an old British military victory, which I am to lazy to look at the linear notes to say what they are, over gentle and quiet electronics that have been cut down and remixed to the absoute minimum amount of sound. This is probably one of the most interesting and exciting noise records I own. I can’t recommend it enough.