No-Neck Blues Band member Pat Murano’s work as Decimus has been a prodigious endeavor to dissolve the ego and conventional notions of form from the creation of music. His latest effort for Further Records, Decimus 10, continues Murano’s rigorous yet freewheeling cavalcade of bizarre sound events that baffle and beguile in equal measure.
The 21-minute A-side is a fungal, fractured, dream-fever soundtrack that makes the Italian horror-flick scores of Goblin sound like Danny Elfman hackwork. Seemingly recorded in the same infernal warehouse in which some of the stranger Smegma opuses were laid down, this piece leaves flaming shards of audio surrealism caroming around your uncomprehending brain.
The 20-minute flipside begins like a minimal techno banger being smothered in its motherboard. Soon it morphs into a subtly horrifying hologram of ruptured ambience that will get Demdike Stare fans’ knees a-tremblin’. In Decimus’ transformative hands, gothic music comes off as something far more disturbing than its usual cartoonish pantomime. The track trundles to the finish line almost how it began, but with more striated squeals of unknown origin. You may want to sterilize your headphones after listening to it, because music this disturbing leaves enduring residue.
Shapeshifting enigmatically with twisted inspiration, Decimus 10 radiates a nether-zonely beauty.
released 24 June 2013
Music by Pat Murano
Mastered by Helmut Erler