Prurient

Bermuda Drain

> > Jul 19 2011

Prurient - Bermuda Drain
By Ian GormelyPrurient is the long-running project of Dominick Fernow, best known outside of the noise community for his work with Wesley Eisold in Cold Cave. And while both projects can trace their sound back to late '70s post-punk offshoots, most fans of Cold Cave's icy synth rock will find Bermuda Drain down right jarring ― and this is one of Fernow's most accessible records. Fernow clearly focused himself on writing songs instead of soundscapes, even if his "songs" include weird spoken word diatribes overtop of ambient drones and Throbbing Gristle-inspired industrial scraping. Still, "A Meal Can Be Made," with Fernow singing above of razor wire guitars and a pounding drum machine, sounds like a lost, great Ministry track. Bermuda Drain is a complex, baffling record that veers left at every turn. Not for the faint of heart, it's none the less a compelling listen and a weirdly appropriate entry point into the world of beautiful noise.
(Hydra Head)
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