Ok, as he is too prolific for me to keep up with him, here’s a round up of recent Prurient releases, all of which can be considered as companions to ‘Bermuda Drain’, which is currently the main contender for being my album of the year.
“Time’s Arrow” (Hospital Productions)
The throbbing industrial pop of the title track of this EP sounds just like the material on ‘Bermuda Drain’ and seems like it’s probably a leftover from the sessions for that album. Although it dissolves into ambience before it’s truncated running time, the second version of Time’s Arrow would fit the album even better. The third track reminds me of Autechre at their most harsh, like the ‘Gantz Graf’ EP, with the same gaggle of nonsensical vocal snatches still present, I really liked this track, but unfortunately it abruptly stops after less than two minutes. The fourth track ‘Masked Face’ is present here in a longer version than that which features on the demo version of ‘Bermuda Drain’. This is full on throbbing Skinny Puppy worship, and it’s really very good. With a six minute coda of intense power electronics, I really enjoyed this release.
“Bermuda Drain (Demo Version)” (Hospital Productions)
It seems that calling this release a demo version of ‘Bermuda Drain’ was maybe some kind of ironic joke. Although each track contains some recognisable elements from their album counterparts, these tracks are very different. Most of them are strangled and suffocated by walls of power electronics noise. Whilst this is not unenjoyable, it is vastly inferior to the Hydra Head version of the album.
“Despiritualized” (Hospital Productions)
The four tracks on this EP are all deep throbbing electronic drones, which over their running times (of five minutes each), gradually build into slow burning power electronics cacophonies. Disguised and distorted vocal samples, both screamed and spoken, interrupt occasionally but not really to the extent that they can be considered as actual vocals. The overall feel of these tracks is much harsher than any of the material on ‘Bermuda Drain’, coming across as it does, like a down tempo extremely dark version of early Skinny Puppy. I think this should still appeal to fans of ‘Bermuda Drain’, an album which for me is rapidly becoming a front running contender for being my album of the year.