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bela – Noise and Cries: “An extreme and, at times, uncomfortable listen”

Experimental South-Korean producer bela narrates the precariousness of living on the margins of Seoul in their new release 'Noise and Cries'. ★ ★ ★

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If there was one way to describe this avant-garde assortment of throat screeching, digital percussive oddities and uncouth effects, it would just be Noise and Cries.

The expressive tones, as manifested by South-Korean producer bela, narrate the precariousness of living on the margins of Seoul. Co-released with Polish experimental festival Unsound, Noise and Cries is an extreme and, at times, uncomfortable listen. Guttural cries adorn haunting backgrounds, littered with thrashing, idiosyncratic beats and abrasive effects.

It’s not all doom and gloom; on tracks such as 풀이, ambient, forlorn textures provide beautiful respite, further highlighting the album’s complexity. In the face of struggle, one has to come to terms with challenges and resolutions at the same time – something that is gracefully achieved in this piece of wonderfully-textured art.