In a world where auto-tune and over production are industry standard it is refreshing when something comes out that is so polar opposite. Though the cue was taken from today’s pop music in the durations set for these noise masterpieces, these compositions are a far cry away from JT’s “Cry Me A River”. Jeff Carey‘s [3:30] album was released this past Monday on Forwind by way of CD and Download formats. I had listened to the teaser stream and the bonus track entitled “ffmod” posted back in September over and over and over again. But, nothing would have prepared me for what was contained within the sonic chambers of the full [3:30] experience.
This 6 song symphony of sound juxtaposed with chaos and long stills of almost nothing starts the only way I’d expect it to. The first track “Ballast” comes in with murderous hits, cracks, and drills. It’s hard to put into words exactly what you are listening to. And, that’s what I love about Mr. Carey’s tracks. But, somehow Jeff has forged a signature sound. I have been listening to noise for awhile now. I haven’t hear anything quite like it.
[3:30] as a full body of work is not just a digitally distorted camero with the gas pedal to the floor going through a time warp. It is dynamic and almost peaceful at times. With tracks like “Phosphor” and “Node” where you find yourself lost in an ambient sound scape of breathed gesters and things off in the distance. I admire Jeff’s way of knowing when to hold back or be minimal in his approach while yet still having some sort of rage you can’t quite pinpoint but you know it’s there and you can feel it and it’s about to burst and you like it.
I have seen Jeff live countless times. I got a chance to see him at one of his most recent performances at Club K where he performed a few of these new tracks live. Being a drummer for over 15 years I tend to latch onto the rhythm of any song I hear. Even in noise I somehow subconsciously makeup a beat I bop my head up and down to. I noticed that I didn’t have to magically make an esoteric drum section for Jeff’s performance. It was already there. Tracks like “1001” make you feel as a drummer or drum machine is being forced through a grinder with a distortion pedal in the chain.
It’s a very purifying experience listening to Jeff Carey‘s works on [3:30]. It’s not for everyone.. But, it sure is hell for noise enthusiasts like me. But, hey.. If you’ve never listened to a “noise” artist before or haven’t gotten down with that scene. Try it out. You might just like this one.
Jeff has his album release party this evening at The Red Room (Normals Books & Records ~ 425 E. 31st Street Baltimore) with: Seaton XOXO, Christopher S. Feltner, Guillermo Pizarro, and Justin Marc Lloyd. Check out the Event Page for more details!