Degenerate Moon – Alienbaby Collective (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

In a world were people seem content to follow the rules, where they want to find the fastest and most obvious route from A to B, where comfort zones are the order of the day and people are happy to stick with the tried and tested, the brilliantly named Alienbaby Collective is all about breaking convention. Degenerate Moon seems to do away with the usual song structures and instead meanders around in hypnotic circles and wanders in beguiling sonic circuits building anticipation and tension before occasionally releasing it as strange power surges.

But who wants predictable music when they can have strange soundscapes which seem to tread water, building in intensity and angst and resulting in ever more oppressive claustrophobia? Who wants the usual verse-chorus singalong when you can be taken by the hand and led through cavernous realms of fuzzed guitars and lo-fi noise-pop art attacks? Who indeed?

Degenerate Moon is the first release from Liú Mottes who was previously found as guitarist in both Blue Crime and New YX and who also currently plays with SOON, Slow Worries and OBOL LE and acts as a taster for the soon to be released double EP F I S H B O W L / T E R R E S T R I A L. I think the thing I love most about this glorious, grating noise is that Alienbaby Collective really don’t care about perfection, or following the rules, or sounding like part of a scene or genre. Instead it is all about exploring, experimenting, warping music into sonic art rather than trying to conform to someone else’s limits and expectations. And just when you are starting to get the hang of what is going on, it stops dead! Done!

If you like music which you can’t second guess, which seems not to make any sense except to itself, which cares little for what you the listener thinks, which bewilders and confuses, then this is for you. Somethings aren’t made to be understood, they are made just for the sake of being made. This is one of those times.

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