Microwaves release forthcoming on UgExplode

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  1. Chrome Dinette

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    We are honored that Weasel is releasing our latest record. Even though we are a trio now and it was recorded as a duo, we are quite pleased with the end result.

    http://nowave.pair.com/ugexplode/

    from the UgExplode website:

    Later in the year we will be presenting new studio releases by Microwaves and Normal Love. If you're not familiar with these names, you will be afterwards, because they're going to kick your ass.

    Here is one of the songs from the record, pre final mix and pre mastering:

    [SOUNDCLOUD]http://soundcloud.com/microwaves-1/hammerspace[/SOUNDCLOUD]
     
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  2. Chrome Dinette

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    The cover art is ready and I have to say it is among my favorite album covers, period:

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    Here is a recently found review of our last record, for a frame of reference:

    http://www.maelstrom.nu/ezine/review_iss51_3686.php?sid=003e1ee596cca1f41a99bfe3a5dccb4c%A7ion%3D3

    Successfully describing Microwaves is impossible. The most you can attempt is to describe twenty second segments, or just an overall tendency, but they obviously make a point not to use clich├ęs, ever.

    Contagion Heuristic is structurally a lot like Naked City, changing all the time, sometimes without much coherency... and that's the whole point. Imagine Don Caballero gone noise rock, with some The Locust thrown in and quite a lot of noisy free jazz sounding slow parts. Done? Now add some Magma, Koenji Hyakkei, Ruins (Jap) and other Zeuhl bands.

    The first thing to notice is the complete atonality of most parts. There are no normal riffs whatsoever in the whole album, mostly consisting of avantgarde schizophrenia / cyclothymia‑ridden pieces with little to no homogeneity.

    Then there's the occasional slow noise rock track. As weird as it might seem, there's even some Black Flag‑like vocals in there, as well as some hardcore influences now and again. But really, no old school hardcore fan will love this unless they're really, really open‑minded. It's important to remark that Microwaves don't use much non‑traditional instrumentation, so the sounds themselves are quite recognizable.

    If you're used to experimental or avant‑garde music, however, Microwaves is actually quite the catchy band. For example, "Song X" has some definitely catchy horns in there, as well as something remotely resembling a chorus. Even the drony repetitiveness of "Codex Vortex" or the scratchy "Ajeeb Takes the Turk" will probably stay for days in your head, and maybe it'll make you headbang a little. Which is weird, since Microwaves isn't precisely a metal album (even if it's in that genre where it'll probably find most fans).

    The thing is, Contagion Heuristic is completely angular. Most songs seem like improvised shouting contests with riffs and rhythms added. And you know what? That's what makes it amazing. It's fresh, it's not technically complex yet it creates quite an original atmosphere. And most of all, however the creative process could have been, it's definitely a good album, besides the possible comedy value for outsiders to the genre, or the "These guys are psychotic!" feeling some soccer moms could get.

    Just a warning. If you like your music traditional, tonal, melodic, melodramatic or just easy listening, don't try to listen to Contagion Heuristic. Nothing here is common or even normal. Recommended for fans of anything modern hardcore, noise rock, noise, free jazz or Zeuhl. Know what would be awesome? a John Zorn & Microwaves collaboration. (8/10)
     
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    Realness, street date May 21:

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    Right on, man. Clip was very interesting.
     

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