Blue Sabbath Black Cheer / Masturbatory Dysfunction • 'DEATH' / 'Put a Bag On It'
Pent Up Release, 2013
Blue Sabbath Black Cheer is a Seattle-based electronic drone outfit. 'DEATH' is an elegant ride atop waves of soothing white, pink and brown noise that build over nineteen minutes. The sound becomes fuller, blunter through the middle, and there's some turbulence as it comes in for a landing, but it's ultimately a soft one. The whole piece conjures up images of struggle.
The Masturbatory Dysfunction side is chopped up into four suites of not dissimilar textures that have a little more blunted, buzzing electric vibe. At one of my favorite points, low frequency drones practically evaporate before re-congealing into bursts of electro-hiss that cuts out hypnotically. The end is also worth waiting for.
This split wouldn't be a bad detour for fans of Tim Hecker. If there's one thing that it's not, it's violent. This is a mellow trip that treads that line between beauty and pain.
The edition of 200 black vinyl (black label, black sleeve) comes along with a magazine, the brainchild of MD, called the Brown Bag Rag. It's full of erotic lit, pics of topless chicks wearing brown paper bags and collages of skulls.
Samples from each side below.