Paik are a power trio from Michigan that practice a variant of
instrumental stoner/drone rock. Their lengthy pieces mix
My Bloody Valentine' shoegazing vertigoes,
Sonic Youth's minimalist repetitions,
and Earth's super-heavy distortions.
Their first albums were:
Hugo Strange (1998 - Beyonder, 2004), still relatively close to the shoegazing model,
Corridors (Beyonder, 2001 - Alley, 2004), with the anthemic Tinsel and Foil and
a tighter sound, and the heavier
The Orson Fader (Clairecords, 2002), with its brutal title-track.
Satin Black (Strange Attractors, 2004) brings their sound to maturity
on both fronts. Despite its length, Jayne Field is closer to the
traditional song format than they ever were. The theme is developed with
cunning understanding of dynamics, alternating between hypnosis and excitement.
Dizzy Stars stretches the idea further, and soaks it into a
The soaring and cacophonous Dirt for Driver is a monument of
introspection and terror, but it still pales in comparison with
Stellar Meltdown en el Oceano,
a massive drone that works its way into the psyche for 14 minutes,
with little or no variation.
Satin Black is the satori of the album. It does showcase the kind of
thunderous, glacial noise that the other tracks promised, while,
on the other hand, emphasizing a warm melodic motif, albeit camouflaged inside
one long modulated distortion. The merge of antithetic colossal emotions
could well be one of the fundamental themes of the near future of music.
Monster Of The Absolute (Strange Attractors, 2006) is the (relatively)
relaxed, laid-back companion to Satin Black, particularly the stately
nine-minute Monster Of The Absolute.
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