Here?s a concept I love: take two under-the-radar noise labels and release a split vinyl platter by their respective head honchos. It seems like Mike Haley (curator of Electric Human Project and No Horse Shit labels) and Matthew Reis (Epicene boss man) are on my wavelength. The Epicene label is home to a wealth of deadly noise projects; the No Horse Shit imprint is new to me but is worth examining if this 7? is any indication of its greatness.
Haley, as Wether, spins a tale that is both grating and gratifying. He cleverly manipulates noise and melody, often intertwining the two. ?Anything Worthless,? his contribution to this particular split, begins in the realm of harsh feedback and jet engines but relents and enters a territory replete with atmosphere and tunefulness. Reis? Teeth Collection charts a steadier course through choppy waters. His untitled piece is a nail-biting thrill ride, loaded with suspense.
Although I?m tempted to try and pick a winner on this split, it?s impossible. Both contributions are exciting in their own right, and play off of each other?s strengths. Suffice it to say that these two labels and artists are worth seeking out. So hop to it, noise fans! 9/10 -- Bryon Hayes (3 September, 2008)