Release Date: Mar 5, 2012
Record label: De Stijl Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
In the aftermath of Black To Comm’s latest, two quotes jump out from this interview with Ho Tzu Nyen, the Singaporean artist whose video installation, Earth (((radio))), it soundtracks. First quote: “Sampling — reviving things from the past — is a kind of zombie activity. There’s a vague nostalgia about it but also a sense of decay.” Second quote (this one is more a fragment of speech): “the instability of all beginnings.” First quote.
As the Singaporean artist Ho Tzu Nyen's video Earth traveled around the world, different musicians were enlisted to provide live music for it, from Australia's Oren Ambarchi to Germany's Black to Comm. The latter was a natural fit for a video in which long pans take in a fabulous landscape full of piled corpses and visual references to European painting. In Black to Comm's music, we likewise feel ourselves to be plowing across wastelands of aestheticized violence and apocalyptic beauty.
Black to CommEarth[De Stijl; 2012]By Josh Becker; March 13, 2012Purchase at: Insound (Vinyl) | Amazon (MP3 & CD) | iTunes | MOGWhen he’s not running the droney and experimental Dekorder label, Hamburg’s Marc Richter releases his own droney and experimental music under the Black to Comm moniker. The follow-up to 2009’s excellent Alphabet 1968 LP, Earth was originally intended to soundtrack the Singapore director Ho Tzu Nyen's film of the same name—a film which itself was originally meant to accompany another set of music. So what we have here is effectively an alternate score to a movie that I doubt any of us have seen.