MO:TE - _Stash_
(Solipism, 1999)
by: Gabriel Sanchez (6.5 out of 10)
Before I begin this review, let me just say that MO:TE entertains me. In fact, I have yet to hear a MO:TE release that does not fulfil this task. However, what MO:TE has yet to do is intrigue and challenge me. Unfortunately, this release proves to be no different. _Stash_ appears to be another in the long line of noise which Fumiyuki has sleep walked through and paid little to no attention to any use of innovative recording techniques, source sounds or effects. The noise contained on the disc proves to be solid as always and certainly leaves no room for any complaints; however, I cannot shake the feeling that there should be something more to all of this than the harsh, albeit simplistic, mix of dark tonal works and various walls of crunching feedback. As I stated in the beginning... entertaining, but hardly intriguing enough to make me shit my pants over. So where does this place _Stash_ in the great hierarchy of noise recordings? Who knows... but certainly no place more lofty than anything else that has been put out by MO:TE in the last couple of years. Much like Merzbow's _Tauro Machine_, this is a release only die hard fans may want to take a look at if they have a few extra dollars laying around, but I suggest the casual fan move on as there are better things being put out in the same vein and style as MO:TE's work.

Contact: Solipism, 26 S. Main #277, Concord, NH 03301, USA

(article published 12/8/1999)


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