Carter Tutti Void: Transverse (CD Review)

Carter Tutti Void

Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti (Throbbing Gristle) and Nik Void (Factory Floor) created Transverse for the Short Circuit presents Mute festival at the Roundhouse, London in 2011. Rehearsing and preparing these tracks in the studio, they then performed them live (and live to tape) at the Roundhouse. The results are head turning and head-spinning, with many complexly hued textures that prove a revelatory exhibition of sonic timbres. Tutti’s singing is often treated as one instrument in the midst of many, rather than the conveyor of narrative or explicit sentiment. Void’s guitar work is also unconventional; he contributes bowed passages and grittily sinewed strata that combine with Carter’s musicking into a welter of drones.

Transverse explores the continuum between noise based improvisation and more rhythmically articulated and pitch-inflected music-making. Carter Tutti Void make avant-electronica at its most exultant and the results here are a jubilant clangor that ups the ante for acts – both analog and digital – to follow.

M83: “Midnight City” (Video)

Questlove’s controversial musical intro for Michele Bachmann on Jimmy Fallon’s show may have stolen the headlines – the band played Fishbone’s “Lyin’ Ass B—-”. But there was something else musical going on during the Monday broadcast that shouldn’t go unnoticed.

M83′s new CD, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, is out now via Mute. This electronica-rock hybrid is already storming up the charts. Eighties ambience, anthemic hooks, and arena-sized sonics combine in a memorable melange. But don’t call M83 retro: they stand out distinctly from the pack of eighties nostalgists. On Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, they’ve amalgamated and transmuted synth signatures past into an ebullient music for the present.

S.C.U.M. – “Faith Unfolds” (Video)

The members of the London band S.C.U.M. wear their New Wave/New Romantic influences on their sleeves proudly. The video below demonstrates this penchant amply. It features the title cut from their forthcoming EP (out 1/13/12 via Mute).

S.C.U.M by Mute UK

    Faith Unfolds TRACKLISTING:

Faith Unfolds
Faith Unfolds (Silver Alert remix)
Faith Unfolds (Aaron Dilloway remix)