Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Ever since the advent of industrial music, the local underground community had seen a surge of musicians from the marginal techno frontier creating post-industralized/apocalyptic visions upon our Metropolis. Zircon Lounge conceived the cold wave, Corporate Toil toiled the tradition and in the early 90s several cyberpunks came into the picture, bands like Avant Garde, Rocket Scientist, Kim, The Raw Fish. But there was one band that refused to label itself as cyberpunk and acknowledged its key influence to lie in iconoclasts like Einsturzende Neubaten. It's the strange strange world of Convent Garden, a one man army from a dark visionary by the name of Jay. He had previous outings in Trip, but the sound on Convent Garden proved to be his most proficient vision of a futuristic electronic age. On his debut demo released as a self-titled in 1992, ambient electronical music are spawned from a fusion of abrasive cold guitars and hypnotic drum machines. And to add to that, vocals from the depths of biomechanical hell (think Giger). The demo begins with "Deception City" with a Journey vocals sampled backwards and it is a black humoured satirical poke at politicians. The track that made this demo famous was "Dreamscape", an ambient piece with nightmarish effects. In the current musical climate of boyscout guitar jangling kids, the future of music seems to point at the past.
--sojourner at 2:33 AM