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Hairshirt Industrial (MP3)

The tribal, droning, fuzzy beats of Would-Be Messiahs‘ “Broken Teeth (Small Rock Movement)” move steadily between past and present as they proceed forward. The monotone quality, the prevalent white noise, the whip-fast sonic artifacts, are all quite of the moment, drawing from the danker realms where dub and techno intersect uneasily albeit with mutual benefit. Yet the track’s overall aura, especially the abraded spoken snippet (“Why? Why is this all so painful?”) and the willfully plodding beat, are all hairshirt industrial music from the 1990s, the heavily burdened vibe of Consolidated having come particularly to mind. The result is a song that for all its blissful stasis seems to undergo broader temporal phase shifts as reference points cycle by.

Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/would-be-messiahs. More on the Messiahs, aka John Ryan, at unlessyougotlostonpurpose.blogspot.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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