Friday, December 23, 2011

The mighty Fenriz knows best...

The mighty Fenriz of Darkthrone posted this video up as a "bonus" for his infamous Band of the Week blog. Awesome stuff!

No Future - Splendour of my hometown from G Omen on Vimeo.

A new review ye bastards ye....

This little review came up in local Brisbane mag Timeoff just this week...

Here it be:

"The Scrapes sound a tiresome proposition on paper. An instrumental duo devoted to droning soundscapes of violin and guitar noise, the Brisbane pair have sounded like an idea too obvious to yield any results of genuine interest. Their exceptional 2010 debut Electric Mourning Blues, however, demonstrated the folly of such thinking - and Kali Yuga Sunrise continues along a similar vein of confounded expectations.

What's the difference? It's hard to say. The Scrapes music sounds somewhat how you would expect it to - long, almost stationary expanses of distorted textures - but there's a sense of specificity which elevates their soundscapes above simple jamming and self-indulgence. Where Electric Mourning Blues occasionally resembled a number of variations on a theme, Kali Yuga Sunrise is a comprehensive and evolutionary piece of work. The opening title track is a gnarled, crooked finger of noise wrapped around some faint, fleeting whisper of traditional folk music. The Age of Vice's swirling violin and almost imperceptible percussive undercurrent conjures up a melted, deconstructed vision of Morricone's spaghetti western scores. Intertwining ominous guitar with looped found sounds, See You In The Underworld feels like Tom Waits meets latter-era Neurosis.

What really distinguishes Kali Yuga Sunrise, however, is its sense of locale. It's a commendably ambitious and undeniably well-crafted listen but what will stick with a listener is the pair's uniquely cinematic and unpretentious vision of Australiana. There's something about the massive stretches of sound and raw, minimal instrumentation that ensures Kali Yuga Sunrise resonates with the Australian psyche in a way few records do."

#### Matt O'Neill

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Drude speaks only the truth....

Julian Cope has given his voice to the Planet of the Scrapes cause with a brilliant review of Kali Yuga Sunrise. Thanks to he for his continuing support!

"Back with their second monumental album KALI YUGA SUNRISE is Australian duo The Scrapes, whose initially highly austere La Monte Young-like solo geetar’n’solo fiddle attitude to meditative hoedowns have herein been supplanted by a far lusher array of sounds. Smoother and more new age-y, nevertheless, these Scrapes still practise a potent form of skull cleansing. From the opening bars of the splendid title track, violinist Adam Cadell saws and creaks like some North Sea Henry Flynt over Ryan Potter’s cyclical conservatory electric guitar, as though John Cale’s THE ACADEMY IN PERIL were the coming rage. But soon these Scrapes is stretching out into doomy eastern mantras, into spiky back porch hoedowns, into harmonica’n’bass drum-driven freight rides across the open prairie. And though we’re seemingly lost in a huge imaginary rural world, its always viewed remotely, from beneath a veil, or as though from a speeding train. Recorded on All Is Number Records, KALI YUGA SUNRISE is full of huge expansive ideas, compelling musicianship and fabulously useful drones. Another hit, methinks, gentlemen."

JULIAN COPE, December Drudion,Head Heritage