Nihilist is extremely proud to present "Notes of Obscure Origin" by MLEHST. From a history shrouded in mystery, and a back catalog of recordings treading dark and strange territories, Mlehst delivers their finest work here with "Notes of Obscure Origin". Recorded in 1996, and now 10 years later this ominously eerie album has been unleashed from some dark pit! For those of you unfamiliar with the work of MLEHST, (similiar to early Whitehouse & Nurse With Wound) this is most certainly a definitive example of their greatness. This LP will be a limited edition of 200 copies on 140 gram black vinyl with cover artwork by Andy Ortmann.
Notes of Obscure Origin
Why so often the fear to leave anything in the dynamic range of a recording, even among those with well trained ears and musical sense? The body can adapt to almost any stimulus, no matter how extreme; itís not the velocity but rather the acceleration that affects us. When artists can be sparing and thoughtful in their workís disposition, my interest is always piqued. Again as a direct rebuttal to the dumb-/numbness of so much experimental music, Mlehst could be said to offer a tool to hone our capacities as listeners in Notes of Obscure Origin. That would, of course, not be robustly descriptive of this album, but to my ears that would be an expansion of the praise I could heap on most things Iíve heard. Mlehst combines the strengths of the other two artists I described, the taming of technology to a fleshy end of Maurizio Bianchi, and the choice and severity of the sounds made by that technology demonstrated by Grunt. While either of those is surely a more affecting listen, this is a more intellectual rumination, a sound sculpture more dynamically reimagined.
~Tiny Mix Tapes Top 25 of 2006