A twisted reimagining of the liberating power of improvised music, Black Pelvic Fluids is the first recorded documentation of Latvian noise and roll collective 1/2H 1/2W (puseh pusew- pronounced puss-haa puss-vay). Until now the five-piece has existed purely as a live entity, one which improvises with an ever shifting array of instruments to deliver their ferociously unique groove. Through ecstatic noise, crushing industrial and twisted techno, the only constant to 1/2H 1/2W has been their unfaltering commitment to the most extreme ends of music, and the wry, almost absurdist humour that underpins all that they do.
The group themselves offer little insight into their creative process or inspiration, a bold statement when ‘experimental’ musicians seem increasingly obsessed with bolting on narratives to their output. The harrowed screams and pulverising beats that appear throughout the album mean the spectre of black metal regularly
looms around the music. In between are blasts of free jazz style brass, fractured electronics and almost romantic moments of piano led contemplation, bringing home 1/2H 1/2W’s frantic determination to be everything other than predictable.
By the record’s end the sheer intensity and vibrancy of what’s come before, the 47 minutes of five musicians constantly pushing each other to their limits, leaves a moment of ear ringing catharsis. An all too brief insight into the intense, steam roller groove that is 1/2H 1/2W.
The physical release of Black Pelvic Fluids includes a tape only exclusive B-side – an ultra redux remix of the a-side by the band themselves.
Black Pelvic Fluids is released with the support of Skanu Mezs, the Riga based festival and platform for adventurous music.
Bezirk is a tape label run by Tristan Bath (Missing Organs/Spool’s Out) and Daryl Worthington (Beachers).
BlackPelvic Fluids is the 8 th release on the label.