GNOD - INFINITY MACHINES 3XLP (Repress)
Grey stock sleeve, x3 vinyl with insert
WHAT FOLKS SAY:
GNOD are my genius ambient/electronics gods...You guys sound like an spiritual successor of "future sound of london" and one more thing,spinal fluid would be so awesome in a wipeout game...Favorite track: 06 Spinal Fluid"
"Perfect drones for obscuring the monotony of office work. Great reading music too. 'The Importance of Downtime' is my other favourite song on this album.Favorite track: 05 White Privileged Wank."
"GNOD don't sound much like Swans but they share that band's sonic gigantism and commitment to music as both catharsis and punishment. A big, beautiful beast of an album.Favorite track: 05 White Privileged Wank."
"My word, this really is a monolithic beast of a thing, incorporating controlled noise and abstract melody, alternating from loud to soft, harsh to gentle(sort of!!!), structure to chaos, haunted(and haunting) spoken word, neurotic, psychotic, you name it, this has got it. It's a long time since one label(Rocket Recordings) has unleashed 3 albums(the others being the new Hey Colossus and Shit & Shine) of such excellence AND monumental originality. All 3 are bound for my 2015 Top 10 Albums List. Favorite track: 03 Desire."
"Ambitious? Absolutely...Over-reaching? Possibly...but then creativity comes from extending the envelope.A work of huge potential then? Definitely...so many ideas and some confusion too perhaps...but anything so 'in the moment' is bound to reflect certainty and also doubt. So then, music of artistic value and stupendous effort? Overwhelmingly"
"In addition to hearing and seeing things, Schizophrenia has sometimes (apocryphally) also been used to describe dissociative identity disorder - where a sufferer may appear to exhibit two or more distinctly different personalities. It would seem that Infinity Machines suffers from it all, apparently unable to come to terms with which voices are real and which are not, unable to even realise which facets are truly "itself", shifting between aggression and meditation throughout. The album's central diversion into those three long and harshly minimal excursions seem to do away with the group dynamic, opting for what sounds almost like the work of a solo musician. Selfishness is so often, and perhaps unfairly seen as a an undesirable attribute, but as one of our Islington Mill inner voices made clear at the start of the album, we all like "to know I can have a bit of space and shut the door". Those intense, extended moment of calculated noise are undoubtedly in the first person, and they force the listener to introspect, goaded into a state of suspended disbelief by the album's epic bookend jams. It's all there on Infinity Machines - anger, cynicism, hatred, sexual frustration, dry humour, even some sort of intensely bacchanal happiness - and these are the defining emotions of our time; an age defined by the excessive externalisation of our private headspace (narcissistically or otherwise). Infinity Machines is a painful modern masterpiece, and it's urging us to listen to the voices in our heads." The Quietus
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