RMFTM & 10,000 Russos by RMFTM and 10,000 RussosRelease date: August 24, 2018
Label: Fuzz Club Records
If anyone was to throw two names into the hat for creating a bastard child of psychedelia which would warp your perceptions of what the genre could offer, it wouldn’t be long before both Radar Men From The Moon and 10,000 Russos showed their mean, dirty faces. A pair of bands who have kept to the fuzzed up side, canoodling with an industrial ethic which would make Gary Numan sit up and take notice, whilst exploring the boundaries of drone, they have both scorched a path along their own trajectories with music which has taken the listener down to the depths of despair, then up into a transcendent vortex. A match made in hell, you may say, and now it finally occurs.
Having already collaborated with Gnod, RMFTM are not averse to entering that cathedral of twisted noise that emanates from the Salford collective. Where that was more grindingly relentless, they take a much slower route with 10,000 Russos as they explore the cavernous sounds of drone that the Portuguese trio do so well. It takes only one listen to opening track ‘A Song To Get Rid Of The Crooked Crosses’ to understand the true nature of this collaboration as the wretched engines begin a slow charge into a twisted maelstrom of noise. Courting the edges between extreme drone and industrial wastelands, it’s only on closer inspection that you notice the improvisational psych that is colliding with the tribal rhythms deep within the murk. It sucks you in, takes a hold of your senses, then spews you out into the gutter of life.
You may think you escape that track, and as a sleight of hand, the following ‘Dazzling Rays’ is a thing of monstrous beauty which after the turmoil of before sounds positively joyful. It’s a brief interlude though, and once you get drawn into the depths of ‘The World I Hunt’, there really does seem like there is no escaping the torturous turmoil. The music drags you deeper into its wall of sound, pervading your senses as drone after drone washes over your mind, cleansing it of any reality.
‘Clamber Into Night’ almost feels like an afterthought at first, until its throbbing bass pulls you down dark streets of noirish hell. A pulsating rhythm which pervades the atmosphere like some rude passer-by, pushing his way into the murky drones to bring a leaner, darker edge to the music. It channels itself into a pointed finger, aiming directly at the listener with an intent to blame, break, and ultimately leave you barren and void. It’s the last little surprise from RMFTM and 10,000 Russos, as they leave a package of music which defies all logic and sense. As it enters its final crescendo you can’t help feeling that you have been the victim of some cruel joke.
For all its heavy monstrous drones and gasps of industrial noise, there is something almost enticing about this release. It’s come at a time where both bands are at the height of their powers, and it really shines through. It’s a remarkable release, although its sheer heaviness may mean you wont want to approach it too often. That said, it forms another essential release for both bands and any discerning psychonaut will not want to miss out. It’s psych that takes no prisoners, and whilst it may be a world away from the whimsical happy claptrap of the 60’s, it still portrays that urge to experiment and improvise. Psychedelia takes many strange paths, but rarely as twistedly dark as this.