Sutcliffe Jügend, Blue Rabbit

Kevin Tomkins and Paul Taylor have been making amazing noise and power electronics as Sutcliffe Jügend, on and off, since 1980. And a lot of it has been absolutely stellar. This is perhaps why I find it strange that they have released their best album in 2012. Not that I'm complaining...

This is by far the best thing I've heard this year, and I've heard plenty of good shit. It's shaping up to be another great year for underground music, and this is by leaps and bounds at the top of the heap. I haven't stopped playing it since I bought it a few weeks ago. It's essentially a dark ambient album, and can be very subtle and spacey at time, but at no point are you ever taken away from that classic Sutcliffe Jügend anger and hatred. It's always there, be it bubbling under the surface, or scratching your bloody eyes out. When it does become violent, it's the vocals that do the cutting. You can't tell me the vocals on "Seedless" are anything but seething and brutal. The vocals on this track are whispered for the most part, and are restrained across the whole album (at least by Sutcliffe Jügend standards) but they are as dangerous and scathing as ever.

There are few blasts of noise here; the album is characterized, rather, by long passages of drones and other rumbling noise, but it never sounds particularly harsh or incoherent. There's a certain chaos at work here, but it's not the same disorder typical of Sutcliffe Jügend. The blasts of distortion and the high pitched screams are things of the past, at least for this album. It is a welcomed change of pace from last years With Extreme Prejudice.

The album's 70 minutes of music comes in 8 tracks, but the record almost plays as one single song: like one hallucination, like one long bad dream. But rarely has a bad dream sounded so fucking good. You'll understand when you hear the album's closer, "The Death of Pornography." Classic Sutcliffe Jügend.

You can steal a digital download of this or order the CD (nice, full-color digipack) from the Crucial Blast Bandcamp page here.

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