Iceland's Stilluppsteypa began its life
as a guitar-bass-drum trio. Their earliest long player, 95's "Car
Dirty With Jam on a Busy Street" LP on Germany's Very Good Records
sees them sounding like a more restrained, garage rock-influenced
Boredoms, playing a spastic music full of shrieks, tribal drums,
surf guitar riffs, tape collage, and a penchant for the absurd.
After a handful of scarce 7" releases, and
under the apparent influence of Bruce Gilbert they decided to
abandon the guitars completely and head for an amorphous sound
zone that bears little resemblance to their previous output. A
bit of pulse electronics recalls the most non-techno moments of
Pan sonic, and a bit of surreal sound collage brings to mind the
post-industrial abstractions of Nurse With Wound or Hafler Trio.
But mostly they do whatever they please.
Vocal contributions from Melt Banana's Yasuko
Onuki and Juntaro Yamamouchi from Gerogigegege, as well as mixes
by Andrew McKenzie, Ryoji Ikeda and Matt Wand of Stockhausen &
Walkman, plus the fact that they have a CD out on the Mille Plateaux
side label Ritornell provide no precise clues as to what they
might sound like.
I was Eight Years Old [mp3]