The Meat And Bread Variations

by beautifulnoise/skin

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Featuring Contributions from Merzbow & Big Block 454

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Review from Compulsion:
The follow-up to the acclaimed hands/birds EP. The Meat and Bread Variations features icy electronics and a dash of controlled noise with Japanese noisenik Merzbow, toy town electro beats, and a remarkable cover version of Current 93's Imperium II. Each track displays a different facet to this experimental outfit.
Forget the full on noise assault, the Merzbow collaboration here is restrained and atmospheric, several tracks adopt a warped electronica feel using locked grooves. Great work.

From Boomkat
This excellent release sees a song like approach creeping into the shape of Beautifulnoise/skin's fractured excursions. 'Meat and Bread Variations' sees him teaming up with Japanese noise god Merzbow for a true genre crushing collaboration, his old mucker Chris Robinson, and the wacked out boys from Big Block 454. They have also been drawn to doing their first cover version in the form of the mighty Current 93's 'Imperium II'. It has been said of them that beautifulnoise/skin are the first outfit to actually make noise listenable and who are we to disagree?


released June 1, 2001

beautifulnoise/skin - Almost all things
Merzbow - Power Electronics
Chris Robinson - Turntables
Big Block 454 - Balalaika & Some Guitar
Current 93 - Love and Yes



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Track Name: Imperium II
How can there be pleasure?
How can there be joy?
When the whole world is burning
What joy is there in this body
Seeing these discarded bones
Scattered here and there
Where they were tossed upon the ground
Through the same moment of the night
Humans first emptied in the womb
The journey of their life to death begins
Once gone there is no turning back
At daybreak many people are seen
At evening one is gone from sight
At evening many people can be seen
Next morning one is gone from sight
Nights are long when one can't sleep
The road seems long for those exhausted
Life's obliterated so soon

Some die when they are in the womb
Some on the ground where they were born
Some die just as they learn to crawl
And some just as they learn to walk
Some die old and some die young
Some in the very prime of life

All people pass away in term
Just like the fall of ripened fruit
As all ripe fruit always falls and rots
So all who are born by their deaths destroyed
Collection in the end dispersed
Whatever rises must also fall
All meetings end in seperation
The final end of life is death

Sorrow arises from all beauty
From all beauty arises fear
When all beauty is given up
Neither sorrow nor fear exist
And the law is Imperium
Imperium, imperium, imperium, imperium