CHARLEMAGNE PALESTINE: Ssingggg Sschlllingg Sshpppingg CD Idiosyncratics
Prizes for most stupid album title of the week (possibly ever), go to Charlemagne Palestine, who has a ridiculously lengthy back catalogue.
For all the ridiculous posturing the title and bizarre cover represent, this one-track album covers a wised ground of sound. With a soaring ambient tension, the title (and obviously only) track raises in pitch with layer upon layer of other sound sources applied, as you would, icing to a cake.
Over the course of the CD, the noise becomes a cacophony of visceral pulses and applied pressure; and musically this works to perfection. However, there is one issue I have with this album; and it’s a big one.
‘Ssingggg Sschlllingg Sshpppingg ‘ is ultimately made unlistenable, due to the odd array of shamanic warbling nonsensical vocals that interrupt the track at its key points. So ludicrous that they are hilarious; and I don’t do humour with my music (even more worrying that I think they’re done in sincerity).
Remove the vocals and this release would have made it onto my hi-fi time and time again. As it stands, because of this, the marks have dropped; and the chances of me listening to this again, verge on nil.