Prurient Time's Arrow

Prurient Time's Arrow
Cold Cave's Dominick Fernow stunned fans earlier this year when he dropped Bermuda Drain, the latest full-length from his long-running noise-project, Prurient. The album, Bermuda Drain, which The Wire called "noise's first great break-up album" boasted Prurient's most accessible material to date, with clear song structures and a lyrical thread running throughout. Time's Arrow continues down this new sonic path. Fernow's mother, poet Jean Feraca, again lends a hand with lyrics, which find Fernow ditching his more personal demons and once again looking to history and literature for inspiration. The Black Dahlia murder finds a fitting place in the title track; its brooding synths hanging over a pulsing dance beat reminiscent of John Carpenter's Escape From New York compositions. The final three tracks, which hearken back to the Prurient of old, are either a lifeline to long-time fans or a warning to news ones. Fernow's work never follows a linear path, so it remains unclear how long he'll follow this new muse. Stick around if you're up to it. (Hydra Head)