v/a, Sound Injury Five (self-released, 2001)
[originally posted 6Dec2001]
Mr. and Mrs. Injury and their plethora of bastard children have released a fifth disc in the Sound Injury compilation series, this one based around a Chinese restaurant theme (“Sweet and Sour Prawns,” etc.). The challenge of Sound Injury is this: each month, a source sound, usually a field recording, is thrown to the wolves. Said wolves take it and modify it, and then the modifications are modified, and then… you get the idea. All of the months’ contributions are collected at the end of the month, and the guy behind the scenes mixes them all into something resembling actual songs. Needless to say, with a hundred six listmembers, about thirty of which are contributors, there’s quite a wide selection to choose from. It’s somewhat amazing the disc can sound as consistent as it does.
SI5 cannot be genrified. Too slow to be techno/IDM, too structured to be ambient, too calm to be noise, it inhabits a realm all its own. Want beats? Got beats. Want sounds? Got sounds. Want noise? Got noise, albeit in very small doses. There are a number of names here, ranging from the well-known (Auteuil, Mayaku the Elektrokami) to the obscure (Broken Gadget, Larry Jesus) to everything in between. It’s like finding a comp in the mail with a hundred bands you’ve never heard of mixed into a stew that defies description. In fact, come to think of it, that’s exactly what it is. *** ½