K.K. Null & Joel Gilardini – Psychic Drones 3 (2024)

Noise gets less attention than it did back in the 1990s when everyone wanted to try new sounds with new gear that escaped the tyranny of notes and scales, but it remains a powerful force for voicing a union between texture, rhythm, and the basics of melody. K.K. Null has developed it into a voice of its own.

Partnering with Swiss guitarist Joel Gilardini, Null shapes sound like sculpted static into soaring and diving drones which are interrupted by abrupt rhythmic changes and staccato internal dialogue. Riffing off the melody of guitars, he expands the space of sound with dynamic contrast.

Psychic Drones 3 approximates dark atmospheric noise that is also music, built on top of reverb-heavy minimalist material that resembles Surfing With the Alien if slowed down to the pace of erosion and intensified with a Fripp/Eno sensibility of stacking melodic fragments.

Over this the shuddering and howling noise tames itself, building intensity with the song by using contra-themes that bring out internal conflicts in the guitar, then building on those an arcology of finely observed life translated into nerve impulses rendered into blinding and soothing sound.

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8 thoughts on “K.K. Null & Joel Gilardini – Psychic Drones 3 (2024)”

  1. Black horizons says:

    So this is basically harsh dark ambient, kinda like what extreme metal is but without the beats.

    More non-metal reviews are welcome to broaden the horizon.

    1. Yes, and for the record, we have been reviewing Null releases since the 1990s. But many of those reviews died with Evilmusic.

      1. Bitch Tits! Bitch Tits! Bitch Tits 4 USA says:

        Review Zeni Geva you hipster faggoth.

      2. Patrick Pearse says:

        Terminal Beach

        1. Still a favorite. Hope he represses all of his classics someday.

  2. Cynical says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmiFcKem7yY

    Deceased has uploaded a new single

    1. doo doo says:

      I was guessing it was going to be a 9 minute slog of half pop punk, half power metal riffing with a large old St. Bernard boofing a 90 minute spooky slam poetry story over it. Who the hell likes this band?

      1. CapnCrunch says:

        Anything associated with Hells Headbangers instantly feels a little cheap.

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