Remember about the old “United we stand, divided we fall” slogan ?
Punish Yourself (“Cult Movie”, “Pink Panther Party”…) and Sonic Area (“Insensé”, “Explore”) probably had this in mind when they decided to join forces on a common record.
“Phenomedia” is not a classic split-album, or a collection of mutual remixes, but a full fusion of both musical universes - resulting in completely exclusive tracks, going far ahead of anything you would expect. Influenced by Hint, Download, Clint Mansell, Foetus, Coil or The Downward Spiral, but mostly by the hypnotic power of mass media, Arco (Sonic Area’s mastermind) and vx “cheerleader” (PY singer and programmer) tried to break all stylistic boundaries and restrictions, in a merciless attempt to decipher the “Real World” or at least give some aural image of his morbid complexity.
Dense, nervous, sometimes hard to describe, “Phenomedia” mixes cinematic orchestral atmospheres, dirty hip-hop, tribal industrial techno-punk, brutal wall of sounds, hard-glitch breaks and lush ambient soundscapes – and if you think it’s too much, you’re probably right ! This is a shamelessly noisy freaks parade announcing the “Nightmare Before Apocalypse” : acid bass lines, explicit TV sampling, screaming saxophones, broken drum machines collapsing into moody organic percussions, melancholic piano arpeggios and cello, distorted blues guitar, suicide lullabies, whispers, incantations, rants… This is hard cut-up music for chaos lovers, topped with broken bits of post-industrial mythology – the Roswell Alien, Kurt Cobain, Elvis Presley, Hakim Bey, Nikola Tesla, Jim Jones, Timothy Leary, JF Kennedy and many more unwilling guests.
Do you feel like you’re part of a media-traumatized generation ?
Do you feel addicted to the continuous stroboscopic flow of information, entertainment, spiritual promises and advertisement delivered by TV, the internet, movies, radio ?
Is channel/net-surfing/scanning/hopping your favourite killing-time drug ?
Do you feel like nothing is good enough, real enough, awesome enough for you ?
How can you spend more than twenty seconds of your precious attention span if this record is just another product of the music industry ?
Who’s the next scapegoat ? Who’s the next star ? Who’s the next Guru ?
Who’s the next Prophet ? What’s the next distraction ? What’s the next thrill ? What’s the next reason to believe in something ? Should you buy a new laptop ? What should you fight for? Money ? Power ? Disorder ?
Put the remote down and try Phenomedia. Welcome to one of the most innovative, esoteric, poetic and pessimistic cyberpunk album ever recorded !!!
|01 Obedience channel (part 1)||01' 33"|
|02 Twisted thrill ride||04' 04"|
|03 Tragic Hollywood hero||06' 37"|
|04 I had orders||03' 36"|
|05 Powercut||04' 21"|
|06 Cancer anyone?||01' 36"|
|07 The higher you fly...||04' 05"|
|08 Ici bas||07' 14"|
|09 There's no way out but down||05' 26"|
|10 Obedience channel (part 2)||01' 46"|
|11 Wacko (season 2)||05' 42"|
|12 Dead idols island||17' 13"|