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Whitehouse - Birdseed

Picks up where Cruise left off (including some similar sounding noises). The first couple tracks are great noise blasts with harsh vocals. Bird Seed is another Sotos sound collage, although I think he was out of the band by this time. Cut Hands is a unique track in that it has only one solitary bass drum beat overlaid with they typical harsh vocals. Munkisi Munkondi actually seems to have a bit of a beat too (!) with lyrics that sound African. All in all, Bird Seed is one of my favorite Whitehouse albums, and I recommend it to all power electronics/noise fans.

They've got the power

Captivating. My first purchased Whitehouse album and I love it. Why You Never Became a Dancer opens with one of the album's harshest noise outbursts, sounding almost like a manifesto for what's to come. Wriggle... uses the same harsh vocal style, but with a shifting, varied approach resembling an industrial noise Beatles, including vocal harmonies! Philosophy is based off an earlier track, but with a calm, passive-aggressive vocal style creating a darkly hypnotizing mood. The title track is not a noise track, but rather an insightful, sympathetic and at times disturbing look into the lives of abuse survivors that has a journalistic and psychoanalytic bent, compiled by controversial author Peter Sotos. Cut Hands... is another look at abuse, in this case self-harm and guilt, but quite novelly, it's backed by West African voodoo drumming creating a very primal mood that (excuse my pun) cuts to the bone. Needless to say, it's quite intense and powerful. Finally, Munkisi Munkodi wraps up the album quite nicely with a lighter but no less dissonant mood and a strong Afrobeat influence, including tribal vocals and a chattering beat reminding one more of Black Dice then Whitehouse. Diverse sounds-whispers, screams, drums, static, synths, feedback and sound collage-and powerful (albeit sometimes obscene) lyrics, power electronics, afrobeat and more. My ears are still in shock! If you have an open mind to music that isn't always musical, or you fancy any sort of industrial, noise, EBM or dark ambient, you should get this ASAP.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Whitehouse formed in 1980 on the fringe of the industrial music scene. Created by William Bennett, they pioneered a branch of experimental noise known as "power electronics," a genre explored by Japanese artists such as Merzbow. Influenced by contemporaries such as Throbbing Gristle and composers such as Alvin Lucier, Whitehouse developed a unique sound mixing high and low frequencies with aggressive bursts of electronics and vocals. With their label Come Organisation, they released what they termed...
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