Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Jellyfish - The Fucking Hydromedusa

'The Fucking Hydromedusa'
Jellyfish
2014

Review by Elek Malcolm Madill

(Band Submission)

Genre/s: Noise, Experimental, Power Electronics
For Fans of: White Hospital, Blodvite, Gray, John Duncan, Nequam Sonitus

New to the game, Jellyfish creates a unique brand of noise composed of field recordings that produce a strangely whimsical quality on "The Fucking Hydromedusa" that I enjoyed a lot. On tracks like "Jar full of Stardust" and the titular "The Fucking Hydromedusa" you're treated to this effect by Jellyfish's sampled, quickly repeating layers of garbled noise thrown together to create a primitive, almost child-like beat that I found it impossible to not bob my head back and forth to. This is one side to Jellyfish however, on other tracks like "Eyes in the Nest" and "Den of the Hydromedusa" Jellyfish gets into a lot more minimalistic, less beat-driven, noise which again is mainly made up of field recordings that worked really well to create a strangely calming effect especially on "Den of the Hydromedusa" as calm rainfall is juxtaposed against some more abrasive aspects of harsh noise but manages to still be pretty relaxing all in all which made the album easy to throw on and lose myself in- and is also one of the main reasons I wholly recommend it.

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