Princess is a one man electronic outfit, blending intense, crushing guitars with thumping beats. "The End is the New Now" starts slowly building through sound, drums, samples, until the guitar cuts through and the whole song lifts, firing off on all cylinders. It's hard to imagin that it's just one person at times, listening to it, it's so big, there's a lot happening in there. But it executed perfectly, sharp and full on.
Sunnyvale Noise Sub-Element are a perfect partner to the big guitar sound of Princess, "I Love You Every Time You Smile" is more techno sounding, with sweeping loops and heartbeat-like drum patterns, broken by the clean guitar just slicing right through the mix to
lift the general ambience of the song.
Princess is a one man electronic outfit, blending some pretty intense, crushing guitar riffage with nice thumping beats. "The End is the New Now" is a slow starter, building through sound, drums, samples, until the guitar cuts through and the whole song lifts, firing off on all cylanders. It's hard to imagine that it's one person sometimes, listening to it, it's so big, there's a lot happening in there. But it executed perfectly, sharp and full on. I've heard that a live band has been setup so check them out.
Sunnyvale Noise Sub-Element are another electronic outfit, a three piece this time. A perfect partner to the big guitar sound of P rincess, "I Love You Everytime You Smile" is more techno sounding, with sweeping loops and heartbeat-like drum patterns, broken by the clean guitar just slicing right through the mix to lift the general ambience of the song. It's kind of schizo sounding, at moments dark, then getting all cheerful and merry when that guitar appears, with subtle programmed sounds accenting the rhythm.
Both bands are highly recommended but us at Mudlark. Listen. Buy the single.
Two masters of sound and noise manipulation come together for this split 7" that will surely become one of the best unsigned releases this year. SNSE create music that could move mountains, as their electronic beats splattered over a wall of static, whilst maintaining a beat that anyone can move to are as unnerving as they are achingly beautiful. It is 'Murder Music' in the truest sense, dark, brooding, powerful, passionately violent constantly conflicting with itself as harsh beats will argue with gentle looped guitars, yet the outcome is always the same, pure anxious adrenaline in sound format. 'I Love You Every Time You Smile' is sonically shattering, going places that the likes of Aphex Twin and Unkle would not dare tread.
'The End Is The New Now' is a new track from the one man multi-instrumental genius that is Matt Grundy of the Nottingham based post-hardcore band The Blueprint. This guitarist turned master of sound has collated everything from Hardcore to Emo to Electronic to Metal to Symphonic, for his side project turned musical monster.
Princess' sound is not one to be labelled, yet obvious influences can be heard within the sound that Grundy generates, yet it is in no way plagiaristic. 65DaysOfStatic, Mogwai, Underoath, and White Zombie having a punch up with DJ Shadow, Clint Mansell and Squarepusher would be the easiest way to describe the sound of Princess, but 'The End Is The New Now' needs to be heard to be believed. Harsh guitar riffs set against ambient sound scapes kept in check by sampled beats never sounded so sexy.
Sonic brilliance... maybe. Sheer music genius... Definitely.
Sub bass rumbles. A guitar twitches like a zombie's fingers waking in the moonlight. Electronic cricket clicks fill the air. A disembodied voice crackles, saying 'I really love you' before all manner of melody and textural noise erupt in a magically monstrous cauldron of heady, humanistic chaos. This is the sound of Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element, an outfit that sounds like some strange cabal of outcasts from the bronze making charmingly demonic sounds in the AV unit of Buffy's high school. Freaks and geeks together in perfect dysfunctional harmony. Did once they call this kind of thing the place where post-rock meets electronica? I'm not really sure, and equally, I'm not really sure I care, because all that really matters is the moment, is the noise, is the chiming melodies and the beats crashing like waves on the Pacific shore of my childhood dreams like Kerouac's shefallying words. Whatever. The song is called 'I Love You Every Time You Smile' and it's on a ludicrously limited edition (300 pressing) 7" single shared with the equally excellent Princess on Field Records. If this isnt on all your summer mix tapes then man, did you miss out.
Tangents, July 2006