Tuesday 10 December 2019

Guevnna/Monochrome Nausea - Split Tape

Labels: Kakusan Records
Formats: Tape/Digital
Release Date: 01 Nov 2019


1. Guevnna - Into The Night
2. Monochrome Nausea - Based On Photographs

Following last night's Mental Health In Music interview, I wanted to right about something that was connected to that. That something is the recent split tape between Japanese doom band Guevnna and Norwegian noisecore duo Monochrome Nausea. It features one song from each band and was released in very limited number early last month. I last featured Guevnna here back in July 2016 when I reviewed their split with Self-Deconstruction, while MN were featured in September following their split release with Sete Star Sept.

Kakusan’s releases are always loud and Guevnna’s groovy doom on Into The Night is no exception. Their familiar disco-like rhythms and harsh vocals are used to great effect, with melody and distant synths (possibly) making an appearance. Either way, this is great and as is the label’s modus operandi. experimental and forward thinking Japanese music is championed here.

Monochrome Nausea’s noisy rawness comes as a bit of a shock on Based On Photographs but it’s the contrast between them and Guevnna that’s part of this release’s charm. MN’s music seems more improvisational and the bass/drum aesthetic takes more from Sete Star Sept in influence than maybe others. The vocals are sporadic but equally as harsh and there are some grooves hidden in the depths of it all too.

This could be considered one of the most bizarre split releases on 2019 and that isn’t a bad thing at all. It won’t be for everyone but that’s the point. Guevnna’s tones are more soothing while MN’s are downright nightmarish. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

You can stream the split below, where it's also available to buy on tape and digitally:-

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