Saturday, February 27, 2021

One Arm - Mysore Pak [Alara Music]

Recently released via Alara Music - with Alara being an abbreviation for 'as low as reasonably achievable' and / or 'as loud as reasonably acceptable' - is "Mysore Pak", the first ever full length album collection by the well elusive French four piece group One Arm which combines recordings created from 1998 to 2016 to create the outfits longplay first, despite being around for over two decades. Comprised of an instrumental arsenal consisting of two drum sets and two bass guitars in combination with samples and Field Recordings the group explores a sonic universe somewhat meandering in the grey area between PostPunk, Ingenious Dilettantes and Industrial with an undeniably subdued lo-fi attitude, garnished with elements of Indie, Grunge / PostGrunge and partly even Americana-leaning sounds, with the latter being well obvious in the hypnotic PostPunk banger "ESG" with its twangy, krautsy, 'travelling down an endless road' attitude whereas the subsequent follow up that is "Space Is The Place" provides wonderfully dubbed out vibes for full on greyscale desolation, "Fiddle" seems to present a crossover between Siouxsie & The Banshees' darkest moments and the tribalistic, oriental approach of projects like C Cat Trance, "City" is nothing short of a distinct banger for advanced PostPunk / Indie dancefloors whilst "Bo" dabbles with deepest, creeping late night Dub and "Step 3" hits Industrial Dub crowds with hard as fuck snare drums alongside found sounds and feedback heavy electric guitars just to pick a few favorites here. Recommended for fans of Vivien Goldman and likeminded artists. And everyone else.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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