Prurient
Shipwrecker's Diary


4.0
excellent

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
September 17th, 2010 | 13 replies | 4,387 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Dominick Fernow is one of the biggest names in noise music. Since 1998, his musical outlet Prurient has risen within the power electronics scene to become one of the most well known and influential acts since Genocide Organ and Whitehouse, capturing attention not only from purists but also more "hip" publishing ventures such as Pitchfork Media and arts orientated NYC tabloid The Village Voice. Whilst projects such as Vegas Martyrs and Ash Pool have seen Fernow branch out into black metal along with his synthesiser work in Cold Cave lending to something of a New Wave revival, it is the distinctly terrifying work of Prurient he is best known for.

Shipwrecker's Diary is but one of dozens of releases Fernow has released since the inception of Prurient, but it is perhaps distinct for its inclusion in his Series III releases which are described as focusing on an "aggressive all the time" criteria in dealing with speed, texture, current, and reoccurring themes. In any case, the result here is one of the most punishing concoctions of noise i've ever heard, from start to finish a barrage of savage frequencies that threaten to tear your eardrums apart and blow your speakers is thrown at you to deal with. In all its vulgarity it is rather tastefully crafted, patterns weave and swirl like a whirlwind of machine gun fire around the listener for almost its entire duration with barely a moment of respite, save for June 19 and the closing two tracks Who Are You Anyway? and I Wonder If I'll Be Able to Sleep? which feature comparitively softer (but still harsh and difficult to listen to) frequencies and voice samples.

Shipwrecker's Diary is a short album, most tracks only last for around a minute or two with the only notable exception being Palm, clocking in at just over 8 minutes. Still, it will wear you out like few albums can with an assault of sonic destruction you would do well never to put on a random playlist with anything. At the very least, Dominick Fernow proves that Prurient is capable of leaving an impression, whether for better or for worse.



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Meatplow
September 17th 2010



5524 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAw0-lx1gcU

As user Aaron put it, "a real toe-tapper" (he may or may not have stolen it out of the comments)

Gyromania
September 17th 2010



15202 Comments


Hey dude, great review, clear and concise. pos'd.

Bitchfork
September 17th 2010



7584 Comments


Haz if you like this check out my first two EPs.

Meatplow
September 18th 2010



5524 Comments


I did, didn't I.

bailar12
September 18th 2010



1766 Comments


[img]http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/image.php?u=229266&dateline=1284783070[/img]

mi amor

bailar12
September 18th 2010



1766 Comments


btw ask to have a nifty tag like all of the other sputnik elite already!

Meatplow
September 18th 2010



5524 Comments


[img]http://imgur.com/Oa86x.jpg[/img]

have a large one

i'm an R&M moderator does that count



gaslightanthem
September 18th 2010



5209 Comments


i can't even remember when i first started noticing you were around i just remember you being
also you always review the coolest stuff

Bitchfork
September 18th 2010



7584 Comments


"I did, didn't I."
I can't remember. Did you?

Meatplow
September 18th 2010



5524 Comments


I downloaded something of yours and rated it

i can't even remember when i first started noticing you were around i just remember you being
also you always review the coolest stuff


Thanks.

Well, I wrote a review back when this was just another useless subforum of a tab site. I don't think I started using the review site heavily for a couple of years.

Bitchfork
September 18th 2010



7584 Comments


Oh that was my LP. My two EPs I'm talking about are like really short bursts of harsh, unrelenting noise.

Bitchfork
September 18th 2010



7584 Comments


you can lose all relations with the outside world.

Meatplow
September 18th 2010



5524 Comments


My two EPs I'm talking about are like really short bursts of harsh, unrelenting noise.


link me



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