Atari Assault


Artist: Power Pill Fist

Title: Kongmanivong
Released: 2008

Label: Graveface Records

Genre: 8bit, noise, experimental, chiptech, rhythmic noise

(Repost from my personal blog, edited and updated)
Power Pill Fist is the bassist for Black Moth Super Rainbow, but has been making noise on his own for several years.  He’s done collaborations with the likes of Mall Security, Dorosoto and fellow band mate Bony Legs (better known as Father Hummingbird).  Here, PPF offers up a sophomore effort on Graveface Records (fronted by band mate Ryan Graveface) and the old Atari 2600s are working well!

For me, aside from a few remixes on various artist compilations via I, Absentee Records, this was my first real introduction to PPF.  This album is chuck full of wondrous glitch sonic explosions, as if our favorite video games of yore were fed through a wood chipper and plugged in again.  Trust me, that’s a good thing. 

It’s enough to make your head spin.

Unlike some blistering noise records, this one has substance, with a few tracks hinting at Tobacco’s wilder side or a gritty beat-oriented version of a BMSR track. Some tracks are full of softer static—oddly soothing static; while others surf on sonic wavesm giving us a glimpse at the range of an old Atari as an electronic instrument; and others still are loud and thundering. This album certainly made me think differently about noise or power electro, and I have been eyeing the rest of PPF’s discography. 

This album is available still on the artist’s web page as well as Graveface Records website.   

(4 out of 5 stars)

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About Nick H.

I'm a geek for music whether it be on vinyl, CD, 78 or whatever. My goal is to sniff out the greated music on Earth, specializing in the obscure. I make music myself as well, mostly ambient and sound collage (1 album out and a few remixes so far). I work full time as a professional mascot (it pays the pills) but will soon retire, i hope.
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