Friday, April 24, 2015
Cassette Review: Jealousy Party "PUNCA NOVA"
[£7 // Edition of 100 // https://jealousyparty.bandcamp.com/album/punca-nova]
Whenever I see the name Jealousy Party, all I can think of is some indie rock radio band that's something like The Killers or Snow Patrol. I'm not sure why the name carries those implications for me, but it just does. Perhaps it is the bands which came before with names such as "Jealousy ____" or "____ Party", but it just has that sort of sense to it despite the music really sounding nothing like one of those bands.
"PUNCA NOVA" begins with space electronics and ticking beats. There are pots and pans dinging and then it becomes minimal, quiet and there are some sounds of water. The sound of an alarm beeping fades in and out. Electronic trance loops come through and say something I don't catch the first time around but later determine to be "Follow Your Bliss" (which makes sense, given that is the name of Side A)
The vocals sound screwed as we go on a cymbal ride. It's a lot of percussion and static blasts. Beep frequencies bring out slight static and this portion of the piece just feels a lot like Morse code to me. As often as I hear something that resembles Morse code (Not that often, but still this isn't my first time) I'd like to learn it to see if pieces like this are ever saying anything. Some messy, chaotic rock combines with skip laser shots to end out the side.
On the flip side we begin with a sonar dinging and static slips. If you've ever wondered what the difference is between a static skip and a static slip I suggest you use this cassette by Jealousy Party as your reference (Note it in the archives) Through electronic static come glitch beats and, yes, even the sound of coughing to give it that raw sound. Horns and loud talking come out next and then it begins to take on the form of jazz noise with cymbal rides.
It becomes mechanical with some sax and then turns into what I can only refer to as car horn glitch drone with acoustic strumming. It just kind of fades out to end this cassette which obviously has so much going on, perhaps too much to even write about, because it just brings out these new versions of sounds we've heard before but never in this way.
Overall, Jealousy Party is a combination of the very general term noise and then also another general term of electronic music, neither of which I particularly like to use because they cover such a broad sense of what could be found inside, but these two genres crossed with elements of other sounds is what does ultimately combine to give Jealousy Party a unique and just so special sound that you simply have to hear this.