Jute Gyte
Oviri


2.5
average

Review

by Claire Q. CONTRIBUTOR (53 Reviews)
July 17th, 2017 | 47 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Teaching me to appreciate other music that much more.

I really want to say that Jute Gyte is successful by some unspecified metric. I don’t know whether his various intellectual allusions, to both literature and obscure musical terminology, are intended to be serious, in jest, or somewhere in between. When he describes a song as having “the left and right-panned guitars momentarily [converging] at 200 BPM” and another as having notes that are “aleatorically” generated, my innate response is torn between wide-eyed confusion and genuine admiration for this level of creativity. I can, at the very least, credit him with the audacity to actually attempt an execution of such ideas.

It would arguably be too disrespectful to dismiss Jute as being nothing more than a gimmick. It’s certainly tempting to do so when he appears to employ seemingly mindless numbers and formulas to determine the trajectory of his explosive sonic chaos. Very little of Oviri is listenable in the conventional sense - it’s a never-ending onslaught of extreme dissonance, abrasive riffs, and jagged particles of noise that buzz around like the static of an old television. Heavily filtered voices, as well as shrieks that are comparable to those in black metal, recount unintelligible words. The very air feels serrated as the notes of Oviri fly at you like a mass of accelerating flails. There is no respite, no true silence, not even a single passage of what an ordinary person would conceive as melody. No, the generous heaps of microtones laugh at the queasy expressions of those who cannot stomach high-octane blast beats and screeching tuneless guitars. The closest thing you’ll get to anything remotely normal is a riff in “The Norms That Author the Self Render the Self Substitutable” that almost feels out of place because of its near-identifiable pitches. Whatever Oviri is, it’s not exactly a lullaby, and I suspect that Jute would be satisfied so long as he knew that his music was provoking any sort of visceral reaction.

Oviri derives a large part of its identity from its earnest attempt to be abjectly horrifying, and the garbled mess of vocals on the title track achieves as much. Oviri wants to push boundaries - in fact it wants you to question the very nature of music itself and its established tenets. Can pleasure come from pain, can pain itself be pleasure" Might pain be more valuable than pleasure" The answers are there, Oviri says, and you need only let the cacophony into yourself to know. If music can be created from nothing more than cold computation and algorithms, what does that say about our own value as creators" “The abyss of human illusion / Blind unorganism in darkness”, screams “The Fauna of Mirrors” in a display of conceptual dedication.

I truly wish I could have gotten something from Oviri. I should have been able to unlock the hidden doors of my psyche, should have been able to choke on my fear and drown in my despair. Instead I can muster nothing more than a sort of cordial respect for an album that is conceptually sound, yet utterly cold to me. Don’t get me wrong, cold has its place, but this is the cold of a vaguely annoying 10cm layer of snow. I’m hearing things that I want to get over with. That isn’t to say that there aren’t enjoyable moments: “The Light That Hangs Above the Fields” has a guitar line with an eerie twang that induces pleasurable shivers, not just the negative kind, and the previously-mentioned riff in “The Norms That Author the Self Render the Self Substitutable” wouldn’t even be out of place in a catchy hard rock song. But so much of Oviri refuses to reveal any sort of coherent structure, and while that isn’t necessarily a weakness in itself, it means that its hits are often scattered and dealt with a sub-optimal amount of focus. “Yarinareth, Yarinareth, Yarinareth” could have redeemed the situation with sheer viciousness and a no-holds-barred motif of spasming guitars and shrieks, but the title track's harsh, distorted spoken word and outro of bewildering metallic bangs end everything on a floundering note. The veritable lengths of Oviri’s tracks only add to its mind-numbing nature; this album drains emotion rather than generating it.

What Oviri can do for me, though, is to make everything else sound better. A dubious accomplishment, but a valuable one nonetheless. I’ve developed a newfound appreciation for harmony because of its absolute dearth in Oviri, and for that I am genuinely grateful.



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Ovrot
July 17th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos'd

zaruyache
July 17th 2017


19860 Comments


His playing always sounds like his guitar is becoming untuned as he plays it, over and over and over.

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ScuroFantasma
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July 17th 2017


11588 Comments


This guy is great, Perdurance last year was a dissonant, chaotic whirlwind, excited to hear this. Glad to see a Jute Gute review too, even though you unfortunately didn't get much out of this. Well written and well argued review, so pos'd of course.

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danielito19
July 17th 2017


12058 Comments


did not like the 20sec sample i took

grindcorecore
July 17th 2017


619 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pos'd



such an exhausting album

clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks everyone, and yeah, this album literally gave me a headache after about 4 listens

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BlushfulHippocrene
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2612 Comments


Immense review, Claire. Just -- keep this up. You're doing fantastic work. In the second last paragraph, "Oviri" is used too much IMO, and 'Oviri' could have been dubbed the titular or title track, just to avoid repetition. But that's inconsequential.

You make this sound unentertaining, but at the same time interesting. So I might give it a shot.

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ianblxdsoe
July 17th 2017


1895 Comments


phenomenal review as usual, keep it up dude, pos'd

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clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thank you Blush and Ian, I've fixed some of the redundancies in the 2nd last paragraph

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


1917 Comments


Cool review, I need to check this band to see what it's like.

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cylinder
July 17th 2017


1385 Comments


great review, loved this guys last album tho, Id probably dig this haha

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verdant
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2293 Comments


leave it to claire to use the review format as a vessel for philosophical musings hahahahahaha

also, you review heaps well why how what

AsleepInTheBack
July 17th 2017


5872 Comments


Really fantastic review, flows so well and really hammers home its thesis without shoving it down the readers throat, which is quite an art.

Conmaniac
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


23947 Comments


I loveeee the pain/pleasure vs good/bad music thing you got going on in this review, very interesting stuff. feature worthy review imo, pos

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


2577 Comments


fuck

clavier
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2017


818 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks y'all



It's hard to review something like this that is actively exhausting, though I can see why that sort of extreme chaos might be appealing to some who want a challenge

Shadowmire
July 17th 2017


4568 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

pos

hansoloshotfirst
July 17th 2017


1098 Comments


pos'd. solid argumentation and well written. however I really like it. too early to decide how it stacks up to Perdurance or the rest of his recent discog though.

Archelirion
July 18th 2017


5593 Comments


Cracking review once more, gonna slam that pos down
As much as I like JG's stuff generally, 'The Norms...' is proof that he should definitely try and put some vaguely intelligible shit in with the microtones. Cos it fucking rules.

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FullOfSounds
July 18th 2017


15764 Comments


Fucking interesting album



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