Friday, November 16, 2007
Paik - satin black (2004)
Criminally overlooked, Paik's Satin Black is one of the best albums ever made. More than shoegazer, Satin Black depicts psychological landscapes. Kickstarting with the stellar ecstasis of "Jayne Field", "Dirt For Driver" suddenly brings a sense of unrest and turmoil. "Satin Black" then brings an uneasy balance between the ecstatic melody and the terrifying noise - culminating in a dizzying massacre. "Dizzy Stars" dives further into the void - this is the soundtrack of a mind ready to collapse, and the collapse comes with "Stellar Meltdown" - 15 minutes of paralyzing drone distortions.
The album is anything but ordinary. It's distortions are among the most colossal ever heard in shoegazing or beyond. It's sense of dynamics between melody, noise outbursts and inbetween is extraordinary. It's structure is metaphysical, alternating between states of cosmic ecstasis and personal apocalyptic turmoil.
Get it here.