21 Nov 2019 - Thorsten
Electro-Avantgarde | Release date: 21 Nov 2019
The man behind some of the most impressive electro attacks of the post-millenium age is back - and it’s NOT Aphex Twin!
There are a few artists out there whose productivity and oeuvre are really hard to grasp in its utter madness. Zappa released more than 60 records, there are probably more than 200 Pearl Jam live-archive records released by the band itself, Bach composed way too many works for anybody to fully understand it, and then there are the noise artists of the last 30 to 40 years. And then there is KK Null.
An artist who has worked on several important records and projects, Zeni Geva probably being his most well-known band, KK Null by now has worked on more 150 releases – either his solo work or the work with his band projects. For 2019 alone, discogs lists 16 albums and several smaller works! Talk about a restless person; nevertheless, if you look at his personal FB page you will see a man who is at peace with himself and who seeks peace. However, if you listen to his work, you will get a totally different feeling – one of unrest, of distress, of disharmonic chaos.
Interestingly, he performs the music for himself rather than for anybody else. You can’t cope with it? Your problem. Need any kind of information what he sounds like? Take Aphex Twin’s noisy snippets that jump in from the side and then flirr upwards into nothingness, only to come back down even noisier; take Atari Teenage Riots industrial drums but speed them up until they are merely one line on the oscilloscope; take the guitar riffs used by bands like Boris but take out the doom and turn it into gut-wrenching miniscule attacks on each of your nerves. Take all of this and take your time.
Because, KK Null’s work needs time. On short listen to Great Attractor exemplifies all of this: You cannot grasp the “beauty” of it if you do not sit down and let the sounds wash over you. There is so much to absorb in this sound-verse that either you immerse yourself subconsciously into it until your heart stops trying to follow any form of drum pattern and you just feel it. Or you try to sit down and analyze everything that is happening – albeit, the latter is definitely the road to madness. The beats on the two tracks (one 22 minutes, the other 29 minutes!!!) do not remain steady they overlap each over; the noise elements do not connect to a larger unity, they separate themselves because they are loners. Only our mind and soul can bring all of this together. A hell of a work, a hell of a reward.