Crawl Unit ‎– Remains

Povertech Industries ‎– PVR 003
Vinyl, 7", 33 ⅓ RPM


A1 Cutting Up Shadows (Soundtrack For Any Portrait Of V. Mayakovsky)
A2 Study For Damaged Speaker, Ten Inch Diameter (Piano Version)
B1 Solvent Song, For Piano, Microphones, Loudspeaker, And Magnetic Tape (Excerpt)
B2 Degenerative Experiment (Shaggs Live Recording, 14th Generation Version)


Recorded 1989 / 1991 / 1993, various locations.
Additional tapes by Matt R.

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May 17, 2012
"Cutting Up Shadows (Soundtrack For Any Portrait Of V. Mayakonsky)" opens the first side, a healthy helping of strangeness - dark mood swells are joined by disjointed splinters of rhythm. The second track is called "Study For Damaged Speaker. Ten Inch Diameter (Piano)", which is hissy & cacophonous, muffled & disjointed, a journey through the junkyard of distortion and ghost music. "Solvent Song For Piano, Microphones, Loudspeaker, Magnetic Tape...(Excerpt)" is the first to appear on the second side. Again this is a vision of chaos & cacophony - imagine VARESE with a far more Punk attitude & you might have some idea of the sound. Jarring, jagged sprawls of junkyard dissolution - a jam session for the criminally insane. Last track is "Degenerative Experiment / SHAGGS live recording (1984 generation version)" reminds me of an experiment I heard on MIXING IT, where a guy (sorry- can't remember who) kept playing the same piece of dialogue into a room & re-recording it, over & over, so it would mutilate with the room's dimensions. The piece is not recognizable as music - it's been rendered into almost pure noise. I admit I enjoyed this EP - especially side 2 track 1 - a nice little slice of madness. For those of us who are interested in the more experimental side of this music scene, CRAWL UNIT deserve further investigation.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.