released July 13, 2018
GUIGUISUISUI is a two piece journey into sound and performance. Man and woman, East and West, past and future. By blending electronic sounds and samples the duo explore genres such as goth rock, blues, death punk, minimal wave, industrial, and ambient, while performing an avante garde opera featuring a number of time travelling characters: the tourists from the future Guigui and Susu; trailed by King Necro and Pumpkin Queen, leaders of the death kult of the slums of the hive city; and from high up in the glittering spires of tomorrow preacher and minister for the Chruch of Data, Lord Kamemameha and Lady Chakra. Meanwhile a journey through time and space plays out in the background through painstakingly detailed animations that explore the themes of life and death and rebirth. Simply put, GUIGUISUISUI is an experience.
EMERGE is inspired by the minimalist traditions of experimentalism and non-academic noise music, focusing on generating sound structures intended to make atmospheres emerge that are open to each listener’s own interpretation. The choice of sound sources used is usually very limited. In most cases only rudiments of the original sounds are recognizable due to various treatments. EMERGE also uses and recycles raw material from a variety of artists/musicians.
EMERGE also runs attenuation circuit, a label for experimental music and is an organizer for mostly experimental music located in Augsburg, Germany.
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Emerge and Guiguisuisui join their forces to showcase some interesting beats, textures in the tracks on both side of this tape.
Guiguisuisui brings back the the type of blend that includes post-industrial goth rock, drone textures, no wave or dark wave influnces with guitars and vocal. It is very theatrical in the most positive sense, dark and brings the best influnces like PTV or Column One to light - haunting narrative of a ritual
Emerge on the other hand (who is Sascha from Attenuation himself by the way) is a non-academic approach to noise/drone music - very individualistic and much of the almost 16 minute track on the cassette reminds me of the luminaries of 80's tape music genre e.g. Brume or even Hands to. Emerge does it is introvertive, minimalistic, rugged way just like the best representatives of expermiental post industrial home made music did it - in his own rhythmical and repetitive way.
... This is my first encounter with the oddly named Guiguisuisui, a duo of " sound and performance. Man and woman, East and West, past and future", combining some weird influences together. There is 'Darker Shade Of Black', with a drum machine, guitar and a female voice; a pretty neat rocking song, followed by 'Electric Ocean', a drone affair with humming voices. The last track is a cover of Bob Dylan's 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue', which according to the cover features Trevor Gaymer, who I think must be the vocalist here, and whose voice sounds very much like Rod Stewart. Guided by a simple pulse and a distorted organ, this is certainly a very nice song, the best and surprising song in this weekly.
On the other side, we find Emerge, who is these days very active when it comes to playing live, almost a constant touring machine and less interested in releasing stuff. Armed with his apparatus, mostly sampling devices and electronics, Emerge samples whatever is available and creates collages with these sounds. All of this in the best tradition of musique concrete, even when his results are mostly different. There is a pretty straight forward sampling going on, looping his sound material and slowly altering these sounds with the sound effects at his disposal, and along adding maybe a few different ones. The material here could really be anything as it is no longer clear what it was. I was thinking of breaking ice, but I might be wrong. There is a grande noise finale, which was thing Emerge did in the past, but a gentle takedown of sounds, a thing of growing mastering the technique to play with this material in animprovised setting. This I thought was a great release, quite rightly available on cassette.