When in Vanitas (1994)
Only a few weeks ago Skingraft records found an old box of LP's that had been returned by a European distributor for having experienced some minor damage. The copies went quick but I was lucky enough to grab one. Since then I've been listening to it rather steadily, possibly appreciating it now a bit more as a record.
I'd say 3/5 of this record is noise, layered thickly but discriminately, to simulate perhaps some crudely industrial pre-apocolyptic offworld megalopolis. At least that's what I hear. Woven into Jim O'Rourke's craters and tunnels of sound is the unmatchable instrumentation of Darin Grey and Thymme Jones on bass and drums which propels this record beyond being just a supergroup project, but a definite trendsetter, the pioneering icon which all other noise-drenched records to come will imitate. Recorded by Steve Albini, it consists of five tracks at about fifty minutes.
Here is the opening track.