Dressed In Wires - "Behold My Mighty Star"
(Estrunax 2003, ESX 005)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: July 2004

Originally hailing from The People's Republic Of Yorkshire, Simondo Topless, the man behind Dresssed in Wires is firmly entrenching himself in the hotbed of electronica talent blossoming in the North East of England. Or so he says. I usually don't care much for drum machines but I have to admit I really like this cd. It reminds me of the mid 80's when every goofball got a Tascam 4 track except this doesn't suck, it's very good. This is Simondo's first release on Estrunex and seems to be a collection of the best of his previous releases? With Behold My Mighty Star, Dressed in Wires delivers a kind of neo-romantico distorted psychedelic electronica record with a DIY vst punk twist. Also has great song titles like "First Gay Black President", with samples of kids cussing sampled from the movie Gummo, which my brother has been trying to get me see for years.

Here we find ourselves at the forefront of those stumbling into a new approach to noisemaking: eschewing the crystal-crisp sound of the usual warp-wannabes and instead contriving an aesthetic from the dirty cheap sounds from dirty cheap equipment. Song titles like "I can see myself cumming in your hair tonight" and "I will scrape and hurt you", this isn't the kinda stuff I often listen to but I have to say this is pretty impressive. At first I couldn't quite decide if it was really annoying but I later went with pure genius. I prefer the songs without the drum machines. This is the only cd I've heard that plays on pause, is this something new? The song Sheila has really cool little kid vocals.

Within Dressed in Wires we find bursts of clix'n'glitchy drill-und-bass; hardcore drone using his souped-up, heavily modded, hacked and cracked laptop, all precariously wired together with a few guitar distortion pedals. The listener is greeted with a hail of electro noise, beautiful and intense, in a world of chaos and clarity, sucking you in and demanding your attention.

For more information you can visit the Estrunax web site at: http://www.estrunaxrecords.co.uk.
Email at: info@estrunaxrecords.co.uk.
Contact via snail mail c/o Estrunax Records; 8 Fingal Road; SE10 OJJ; London; UK.

Reviewed by Carlton Crutcher

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