ALBUM REVIEW: tētēma – Geocidal | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 08.12.14


Few would have suspected when they first heard Mike Patton bellowing From Out Of Nowhere a quarter of a century ago that he would go on to become one of the era’s most restless, innovative and eclectic collaborators, in an absurd number of projects and styles. tētēma is his latest, a collaboration with Australian composer Anthony Pateras, and it’s compelling stuff. A frequently bewildering collision of frantic percussion, brass, electronics and Patton’s often maniacal vocals, Geocidal taps into all manner of contemporary avant garde/underground music whilst remaining approachable rather than cerebral. This album manages to evoke everyone from Melvins to These New Puritans, whilst still being utterly original, and may even have invented analogue breakcore. Another excellent collaboration.


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