Music has long been a way for the politically active to ask questions of the power structures we all live under, and perhaps no style of music better encapsulates the modern world than noise. The harsh soundscapes of Chicago-based project Whitephosphorous (described by its creator as “an ongoing conversation about the role of military aggression as the support structure for the illegitimacy of the US government”) are as callous and pitiless as the government they take aim at. The outfit’s latest album, Cruel And Unusual Punishment, is their most ruthless and imposing bout of experimental noise to date – a sharp fifteen-minute shock executed to perfection in its ominous builds and punishing crescendos.
The full release (review here) drops this Friday, but we’re excited to be able to share the full thing right here a couple of days early. Check it out below.
Cruel And Unusual Punishment is out 10th April on Trepanation Recordings. Order here.
Words: George Parr