v/a "Merzbow - Frog: Remixed and Revisited" 2xCD
An incredible compilation showcasing some of the most notable international experimental artists of our time reworking material from Merzbow's "Frog" LP. Two full-length discs containing exclusive tracks from: Boris, Fennesz, Gerritt, Hecker, House of Low Culture, Hrvatski, John Wiese, Merzbow, Never Presence Forever, Pita, Russell Haswell, Sunn, Terror Organ, Ulver, and When.
Attractively packaged in a beautiful color folder, Misanthropic Agenda gathers a mix of noiseheads, Mego big-wigs, stoner drone-rockers, and unknowns to remix Merzbow's "Frog" LP from 2001. The unknowns (to me) do very well- especially Never Presence Forever who slows everything down to a bass-hum crawl- taking out the distortion in a manner akin to what Heemann did in his (great) Merzbow collaboration disc. Similarly, House of Low Culture takes another unexpected route, offering up subtle low-volume scrapes very carefully edited. The best piece on here might be the opener, where Hrvatski offers an INA/GRM flavored workout full of rapid fade-ins and fade-outs punctuated by mysterious silences. More along the lines of what you would expect from a Merz remix is John Weise's expertly cut-up harshness that, at first, jumps out of the speakers and then descends into a sparse and quiet unease of softly clipped sounds that startlingly explode back into loudness. Sunno))) play with loops, CD-skips and tape hiss building up to a dense mess floating over a rich sustained amp hum. Fennesz adds a two-note melody that softens the harshness, while Rusell Haswell mixes sparse grainy digital textures and blips to good effect. Hecker picks up where Haswell left off with a quiet mix through which sudden bursts of distortion struggle to explode. The track slowly builds up to massive noise roar that is well balanced in the bass department. Other remixers include Pita, Terror Organ, Ulver, Boris, When, Misanthropic Agenda label-owner Gerritt and Masami Akita himself.