Tanya Byrne’s Unlearn is sinister. Her very namesake, Hypnotower, makes you wonder if there’s something else going on aside from her abstract, lurching compositions. Just like the last record I wrote about from IDEAL RecordingsEVOL, this pushes the envelope as to what can be called “music.” The synopsis calls the tracks “stages” and with each track, you plunge deeper and deeper in to the bowels of Byrne’s alienating realm. This world she creates reminds me of Eraserhead (what a cliché choice for something such as this, no?) and the first Alien film. Among the ruins, you’ll find stuttering samples, disembodied hollow voices, and bleeps, bloops and screeches that appear to be in a limbo. If you need a bit of spice for (questionably) the worst day of the week, Hypnotower’s Unlearn might be a good place to start. Unlearn will have you on your toes and wondering if something is lurking in the shadows. Listen to a preview via the Boomkat player below and see what you think of it. Cheers!


The Details

Ectoplasm Girl, Tanya Byrne, returns to iDEAL with the uncanny, ten-stage solo noise hypnosis of ‘Unlearn’.

Arriving a year on from her sister, Nadine Byrne’s incredible ‘A Different Gesture: Collected Soundtracks 2011-2012’, this suite reprises the repetitive trance states of their ‘TxN’ album, but at an enervated, slower pace and with more atonal, abstract textures in pursuit of some deeply personal, powerful and psychedelic spirit.

It’s equal measures industrial ambient, black metal, and ritual electronics, dissolving her ego and diffusing it amidst a spectrum of enchanted voices, rubbling synth swells and frayed tape loops calling for comparison with Atelecine’s L.A. noir noise in ‘Teamdream’, or the bunkered chamber techno creations of 51717 in ‘Soldier’, as well as the most gutted G.O.D. output with the loping ‘Fleshworld’, or even Wold at his most mystic, black mecha in the drone pits of ‘555-Forget’.

It’s a matter of life and death, and the hallucinatory, psychedelic space between those states - therefore don’t expect it to be pleasant or easy-going, as life itself.

Price $18.99

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