This Friday, Nefarious Industries will release the unhinged Tasukete, the second collaborative album by New York experimental/solo outfits GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE, and the first release from either band through the label’s diverse roster. Ahead of its official uncaging, the entire album is now streaming through Avant Music News.
GRIDFAILURE and MEGALOPHOBE‘s first joint album, Dendritic, was released in early 2017, and it was not long after that when Tasukete began to form. During recording sessions for another album, some of the material became too deranged for the concept, and was quickly corralled into a separate wing of the testing facility and reclassified as Tasukete – Japanese for “help me” – as seen in the language lab in The Exorcist.
While Dendritic bore spacious, nature-oriented movements flooded with field recordings, Tasukete runs rampant with unhinged confusion, contorted executions, and explosive self-immolation through strenuous psychosis, as the two artists treat themselves as self-crash-test dummies strapped into their own torqued contraptions.
Created through several sessions in 2017 and early 2018, Tasukete was performed, recorded, and mixed by the two soloists at GRIDFAILURE‘s The Compound in Rockland County, and MEGALOPHOBE‘s Forked Audio in Brooklyn. With eight tracks ranging between two and nine minutes in length, the two artists employ a barrage of random recording tactics, capturing the abuse of electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, keys, synth, accordion, harmonica and more, with a bombardment of vocal styles, all generally wired with enough effect to dam the Hudson. Levitt’s brother Rob Levitt performs on several of the tracks, and the cover art was handled by Paul Tierman and David Brenner.
The connections between these two units run essentially to the core of both. Shortly after the genesis of GRIDFAILURE in 2016, creator David Brenner and friend Benjamin Levitt hooked up a random recording session, which spawned not only contributions from Levitt to several GRIDFAILURE releases, it also cemented MEGALOPHOBE as an entity, and led to the first collaborative album, Dendritic, self-released in April 2017. MEGALOPHOBE has since released its eponymous debut EP, which included contributions from Brenner. GRIDFAILURE has morphed into a live entity, which includes Levitt, and the two have been constantly at work on a plethora of new collaborative material.
Levitt continues to join Brenner’s live lineup of GRIDFAILURE, with more being plotted for the fall months. MEGALOPHOBE and collaborative live sets for the Tasukete record will be organized in the weeks ahead.
10/27/2018 Huggy Bear Manor – Philadelphia, PA w/ Painbody, Hallucinogenic Bulb, more TBA
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