DECAYCAST Reviews: Reverent – “Live Exorcism 2017” (American Damage, 2017)

DECAYCAST Reviews: Reverent – “Live Exorcism 2017” (American Damage, 2017)

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Reverent is the  Chicago based project of  Jordan Reyes and, for the  duration at  least of this release,  focuses on strictly voice- based industrial / loop based  rhythmic works.  The sound of Reverent oscillates between traditional primitively rhythmic based  industrial, drone, and ritual music / chanting and experimental noise. This specific release is titled “Live Exorcism 2017”, and functions both sonically and conceptually very much in that realm. In one section the listener is being led on a more pronounced almost spoken word / beat section of the performance and then things begin to shift to a slower, more abstracted version of a similar piece. Reverent never stays in one lane too often throughout the piece, always  keeping the  dynamics and composition shifting in an interesting and unique way. Technically speaking, a rather full vocal range gives the artist the ability to construct full sounding works from just the voice, I’ve heard other vocal based acts which can come off as gimmicky or contrived in a way but Reverent is absolutely not that at all. Every bar, ever loop, every breath seems intentional and  carefully places, there’s never really a slip  up, we as the listener are presented with a polished, dense, articulate set of vocal explorations, which are no short of  songs unto themselves, but also they exist a much more; an exorcism, a nervous, manic cleansing of the performer.

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Reverent is truly a unique project, sound and concept wise, as I cannot really compare it to anything else. Stylistically, it could exist in similar realms of drone / percussion pioneer Z’EV, NURSE  WITH WOUND, COIL, but could also operate in a  more contemporary  undiscovered space/zone as well,  blending dense layers of  vocal processing to an almost fever-dream style of symphonic production. The sound of Reverent is nervous, trance-like and for  lack of a better tern, darkly triumphant. Reyes really does craft all of the parts of a traditional “song” with just the human voice, bass lines, poly-rhyhms, leads, and more  traditional vocal layers; an entire band is born from the esophagus;  come alive. Even if you are dead,  you will be reanimated by the  ritualistic chanting drones and  oscillations of Reverent.

 

Reverent is about to  embark on a short  tour and here is the information below. Make sure to catch one of these live rituals if possible; if so much  can be gained from just a live mic  recording of these works, imagine what they must present like in the flesh and in the ear; NOT TO BE MISSED.

 

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STYROFOAM SANCHEZ / HORAFLORA “SW 2012 Tour”

STYROFOAM SANCHEZ/HORAFLORA SW 2012 Tour

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STYROFOAM SANCHEZ & HORAFLORA, two of the Bay Area’s more oddball acts are teaming up for a SW tour, departin next thursday, april 26th, 2012. Be sure to catch this tour as both have some great surprises up their respective sleeves. Here are the dates!

4/27/2012 – @ Old Curtis St. Bar Denver, CO Denver Noise Fest
4/28/2012 – @ Old Curtis St. Bar Denver, CO Denver Noise Fest
4/29/2012 – @ Rhinoceropolis. Denver, CO DNF Decompression Show w/ Crank Sturgeon
4/30/2012 – @ Centaur For Peace & Justice. Albequerque,NM w/ Kayfable Quartet , The Jeebies, Javelina.
5/01/2012 – @ Meat Market Garment Factory. Tempe, AZ w/ Sara Century, Paul Arambula, Good Amount,
5/02/2012 – @ The Shakedown SD. San Diego, CA w/ California Bleeding and Torn Humorist
5/03/2012- @ The Handbag factory. Los Angeles, CA w/ AMK, Conscious Summary
5/05/2012 – @ The Smell .”Psycho De Mayo” Los Angeles, CA w/ RUINS, The Haters, GX Jupitter-Larsen+Gil Kuno

http://horaflora.bandcamp.com

http://ratskin.org/ss.html