A solid release, light years ahead of their first CD. The ‘songs’ here consist of mostly harsh analog synth textures filtered through various delays and other effects. One stand-out song, titled “The Continual Will Fuck Up”, is simply a woman making some rather negative statements into a perpetual multi-layered delay loop. A couple tracks are outright vicious attacks on the listener, (these are my favorites); a couple tracks are atmospheric, a couple tracks are hilarious, one or two are just forgettable. The packaging alone is something Mr.Ortmann can be proud of. Two sheets of galvanized steel held together with rubber bands hold the CD and three pictures of school children (circa 1950) facing various hazards of daily existence. From what I understand, and I’ve been known to be wrong, both of the current Panicsville CD releases are intended to be played back in shuffle mode, where the CD player will mix and play two or more tracks simultaneously. My CD player has no such function, but I imagine that is is a really cool way to hear these performances. Recommended to fans of the noise music genre.

:: R. Johnson
1997

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