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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge & Thee Early Worm – Early Worm (Dais)

Early Worm is a transfixing lo-fi recording of the first to tape experiments by Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV figurehead Genesis P-Orridge.  Recorded in his parents attic in 1968 in suburban England, P-Orridge and his group of local teenage freaks, weaned on a steady diet of Burroughs/Gysin cut ups, ESP records and emerging psychedelia, married their absurdity and dada to whatever they could find. The results, interestingly enough, are far more acoustic-based than one would imagine from a founding father of industrial music. Often times the melodies and detuned melodies are reminiscent of Jandek but tweaked using homemade solutions like paperclips and tape feedback. The general feel is akin to far outside loners and goes beyond the feel of what would come later but shows the personality of an individual. One gets the impression of being a fly on the wall during these live single take experiments. Originally pressed as a single copy acetate back in the day, the original master reels were found by Dias label founder Ryan Gelik and is presented here on LP to the curious public for the first time. Most interestingly bizarre is P-Orridge’s father’s harmonica performance on the track “Lament”. Seems as though askew ran in the blood. While certainly not the most coherent statement Early Worm is an interesting recording of bizarre, tribal, home-made weirdness despite whoever is involved.

by STEVE LOWENTHAL on 5/4/2008 in Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , ,