Nice review from CASSETTE GODS of the new NO! compilation:
NO! -Various Artists c64 (No! Records)
Exceptional new compilation of Indiana (Bloomington and surrounding areas) experimental electronic, industrial and ambient acts. Approached as a cohesive cross-stitch sound collage, rather than just another label sampler, these artists all share a similar ache, yet they all have their own slightly unique sound.
Drekka tips this off with a dark and brooding wash of deep tone drifts and minimal percussion, heaps of low end magic akin to recent Lustmord or Peter Kyed scores. My personal favorite. The NOON and John Flannelly works that follow, pull you in quite different and manic directions, as Canid and Assimilation provide some very heady, live power electronics.
Agakus closes the mix with “Last Reichs,” a track dedicated to Wilhelm Reich, respectively. Slabs of what sounds to me like treated vocal samples (or tugboat horns) swell up in a deep and haunting melody, atop a gurgling wash of mysterious field recordings. It’s undeniably the cathchtiest track here and a perfect closer. Good stuff.
Something is clearly happening in this part of the country, and NO! has done a fine job of getting these artists’ work out there.
Recommended. Edition of 75, includes download code.
Get one from NO! here.