Monday, August 3, 2015

NOON:30 - FINDING RELEASE

Eternal sunshine of the disenfranchised mind, the blood trickles slowly with the heavy weight of rage and impending termination. Battered citizen syndrome, plastic food, false streams of cable news, organic waste, and debt that is too horrendous to comprehend. Fractured families, fair-weather friends, and the pretty gloss of smeared lipstick across your bathroom mirror. I fell in love with her fear, her alluring dishonesty, and fragmented self-esteem. A minor key hum and foot stomping drone infect the atmosphere. An experimental rendering of picturesque violence and reverse hypnosis takes center stage. Noon: 30 are at the epicenter of this complex magnetic Venn diagram with their latest automated-dissonant creation Finding Release.

The Washington, DC based duo of Blue (Vox and Bass) and Aissa (Noise and Guitar) is an entity that achieves high art while avoiding genre at all costs. A revolution of sound that meticulously dismembers and reconnects Bjork, Brooke Candy, and vintage Suicide, forming a passionate-vengeful symphony of unsettled pulse. Concise and non-linear, the sequence begins with an evil-tinged broken apart piano that invites a lush vocal and scattered sonic rhythm. The sound waves flow with a circular ambience producing an esoteric composition entitled “Dream”. “Interlude” quickly follows with its distinctive solo vocal non-arrangement. The angst-ridden melody has a beautiful soul-poisoned flavor that comes and goes much too fast. The notes enrapture and traumatize with their short-lived perfection.

The walls begin to crack and the alarms go off as the electro damaged hip-hop drone of “Rodeo” begins its malicious assault on the senses. This irresistible trajectory of anger and indictment captivates and compels with its contagious rhythm and sharp-tongued wordplay. The loudest volume possible is a pre-requisite for this track of ear-catching terror. The riot escalates with the volatile mood swinging “Gun”, smashing windows, and burning institutions with its machine-like groove that maniacally gyrates, holding the listener hostage with a hypnotic post-punk melody. Finding Release viciously breathes with four songs on the A-side and three freak-scratched remixes on the B-side (courtesy of infamous noise mongers Tunabunny and Bastards of Fate). The remixed versions provide a perfectly warped reinterpretation of Noon:30’s attractive madness. Join the revolution and get your freak on, an essential storm of luxurious discontent for the unpredictable times we live in. The vinyl version has an intense blast and shudder that only adds to the production of this unique work of art.


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