Monday, March 11, 2019

Peter Um – Merz (2017)




  • Electronic music 
  • Experimentalism 
  • DIY 
  • Lo-fi 
  • Comedy music 
  • Hip-hop 
  • Noise 
  • Avant-garde 
  • Alternative 
  • Abstract

Comment: this batch of 17 tracks, most of them are short snippets, is joyous and playful being tinged with an amusing dadaist touch and poignant electronic effects everywhere. Furthermore, his attitude is reflected through a domestic imprint, Chinstrap Music (an album called LOOK SHARP! and hear the difference was released on it), which is headed by Ergo Phizmiz, who can be considered to have been one of the most well-known sound collage/plunderphonic artists with People Like Us during the last two decades. I like the attitude of the plunderphonic style because all we as humans and consumers are closely related to public domain. On the other side, we have no chance to surpass our mortality so our would be to live in a way God would have fun by watching us. At the moment if we will watch around us we can see something which can be considered divine comedy but in an inferior sense. However, Merz is a superior case making us feel more upbeat and hopeful. To feel himself/herself alright while pretending to be a freak. Musically it is a wide spectrum ranging from electronic effects obsessed noise and abstract sonic experiments and acoustic anti-folk to obsessive yet somehow sparkling outsider synth-pop to some haphazard rap exercises. I would like to paraphrase the lyrics of a song by Suede – obsession in his head does not connect to the (customary) intellect (of one or another style). By producing his music the artist employs old school reel-to-reel tapes and producing threads. In a word, his touch and thinking manner used to make difference. The artist represents and undermines the establishment at the same time. Overwhelming outing in any case given that the future will not be owned by you and me, it will not be owned by nobody else because one`s words are magniloquent and thoughts are shoddy. Just the absolute void everywhere which may be filled with this sound. At least as a thought it is fancy. Let`s have an um-business!
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