Have you ever had one of those nights when you donâ€™t really remember falling asleep? Akke Phallus Duoâ€™s debut â€śTerroir / Pissoirâ€ť is the musical equivalent of those fucking birds outside your window that remind you itâ€™s already morning, and youâ€™ve missed your chance to restore some sanity for the upcoming day. But instead of waking into the real world of structure and responsibilities, itâ€™s a fantastically awkward, disturbing experience that plunges into unpredictable realms of irrationality.
The Duoâ€™s first release, itâ€™s an endearing and bizarre collaboration between Chora’s Ben Morris and Jon Marshall of The Hunter Gracchus and the Singing Knives label, each exchanging recordings of noisy improvised jams on self-designed instruments and found sound until an optimally incoherent collage was achieved. (Theyâ€™ve collaborated before, both in Le Drapeau Noir and as guests on each otherâ€™s solo releases. Theyâ€™ve just been itching to duo it.) Â If thereâ€™s anything we can discern from this jumble of disorienting sounds itâ€™s a sense of eagerness, even deeply psychotic enthusiasm that erupts in some ritualistic frenzies. The only vaguely similar comparisons I can think of are the recent weird noise duo from Finland, Tuusanuuskat, as well as some moments that sound like Hezbollahâ€™s answer to weirdo anti-Christian noisesters such as Chrystal Methodists and Death Squad.
Every second of your life that you spend without having heard this album yet is a waste of time. According to the press sheet, we can expect to hear recordings of the duo playing together in the flesh, so this is going to be an exciting project to follow.