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Anaphylaxis is the sound of universal tension... soothing atmospheric textures, obscure industrial noises, avant-garde trip-hop progressions and haunting shoegazer-like drones...
Genre: Avant Garde: Sound Collage
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1. a love set to music
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2. hopeless
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3. this is the place...
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4. tomie
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5. a valentine
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6. all yours
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7. tomorrow romance
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8. wait here
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9. vfd
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10. goodnight, princess
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11. (and sweet dreams)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Anaphylaxis is the sound of universal tension. For over 10 years now, Jason Coffman has quietly and meticulously created a musical world that, much like material reality, contains both overwhelming chaos and unparalleled beauty. Taking (and twisting) cues from popular music and post-modern culture, Anaphylaxis has become the antithesis of the musical status quo: noise for the masses... Noise For Lovers.

Anaphylaxis is continuously evolving and breaking new & previously unexplored ground. The results are some of the most compelling noisescapes in modern music. What one hears - or rather, experiences - are soothing atmospheric textures, obscure industrial noises, avant-garde trip-hop progressions and haunting shoegazer-like drones. Jason's cut-and-paste combinations of sung female vocals (courtesy of Teresa Santoski), sampled media sounds and technology gone awry have given him a sort of underground cult status. This has resulted in his working with and re-mixing the likes of Rivulets, Xn, True Colour of Blood, Drekka, Mt. Gigantic, Signalbleed and Schizoid.

Jason began recording as Anaphylaxis in 1994. His first releases were distributed via tape trading. His first self-released CD (Component) came out in 1999. After a series of CD-R releases on his own Anaphylactic Shock Recordings imprint, he re-issued his catalog online through Mannequin Oddio Media from 2002 through 2004. Noise For Lovers is the 7th full-length from Anaphylaxis. Jason's extensive discography also includes several split EP's, compilation appearances, online-only releases and even a limited edition "best of" compilation.

Noise For Lovers is a co-production of Parasomnic Records and Mannequin Oddio Media.

See also: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/hollydriftmusic and http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/parasomnic1

(RIYL: Stars Of The Lid, Loveliescrushing, Sigur Ros, Fennesz, Black Dice, Mick Harris (Scorn/Lull), Flying Saucer Attack, Techno Animal, Patsy Cline, etc...)


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Ambient.us

"One of the best releases of the year..."
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"Highly recommended, this disc is a fantastic journey through landscapes of the mind. The production quality is excellent, revealing many layers and nuances. Innovative from start to finish, every track has a unique feel and contribution to this work. Undoubtedly this is one of the best releases of the year!"

Igloo Magazine

"Jason Coffman is my new hero..."
Anaphylaxis :: Noise for Lovers

Jason Coffman has been working as Anaphylaxis for over ten years, cultivating a technique of noise collage that combines a love for noisy drones, forgotten theme songs, radio signals, and the mechanical chatter of industrial chaos. Noise for Lovers is a subtle farrago of these aforementioned elements that drifts like a haunted cloud across a bleak landscape. Opting to dwell in the atmospheric rather than the ferociously noisy, Noise for Lovers is a record suitable for close headphone listening. You succumb to the swirling ambience of this record rather than have your brain scoured by its explosive content.

"Hopeless" swirls about the listener, haunted by the looped memory of Teresa Santoski's vocals, and it is a mood that envelopes you completely. It is a slowly turning whirlwind that combines the noisy guitar textures of Loveliescrushing with the long tone ambience of Stars of the Lid, building a storm of noise that revolves so slowly that you can almost pick out each individual strand of static. Her voice is heavily layered in "Tomorrow Romance," creating a spectral round of voices that float above watery drones like a shimmering curtain of atmospheric effects.

There are beats to be found on Noise for Lovers, stuttering hip-hop rhythms and chattering pulsations of excited particles. Sluggish beats carry the lost hope of atonal brass in the funeral march "This Is The Place Where The Dead Help The Living," and hard rhythms thrive beneath the long drones of "All Yours" as if Mlada Fronta concert was happening in the basement of a coffee house where Robert Fripp was performing a solo Frippertronics set.

"Wait Here" echoes. It evolves like the opening loop of a Sigur Rós song that has been time-stretched so far that the human voice becomes just a swelling breath of sound. An eleven and a half minute exhalation, "Wait Here" holds you on the cusp of dawn, streaking the horizon with the barest hint of color. Suspended in darkness, your head is slowly filled with echoes. "Vfd" takes the dying echo of "Wait Here" and marches it across the discolored horizon, cutting it up into a chattering syncopation and thrusting it along with the prod of a heavy-footed beat. The final twenty-five minutes of Noise for Lovers is the paired lullaby of "Goodnight Princess" and "(Sweet Dreams)" that is a beautiful summation of the elements heard previously on the record. This is a phantasmal ballad for biomechanical babies, a drone poem about rust colored skies and dervishes of sand and static.

Coupled with their last impressive release (Hollydrift's Waiting for the Tiller), Parasomnic is the label to watch for atmospheric collage work. As much as I doubted a record could thrill me as much as Hollydrift's, I have to admit that I'm ready to choke on those words after hearing Anaphylaxis. Noise for Lovers is a subtle miasma, a toxic decay that creeps beneath a series of glorious tone poems, a patina of rust that burnishes the belly of these long notes. It takes a meticulous and discreet hand to make a noise record that doesn't rely on shattering sound systems and flensing ears. Jason Coffman is my new hero.