Phoned Nil Trio - Ar B Ok Alou 7" + c26 + Pro CD - RB-127
After a handful of cassettes, CDrs, online albums and a week long tour through the midwest and east coast, Phoned Nil Trio and a host of labels are proud to present the first major release from the group: “ar b ok alou,” a box set consisting of a pro-pressed cd, a pro-duplicated 26 minute cassette and a 7” vinyl record. On this release, the three headed monster consisting of Peter J Woods (industrial percussion, vocals and pedals), Neil Gravander (of Lucky Bone, tapes, vocals and turntables) and Dan Schierl (of Dan of Earth, modular synth) sputter and stammer ahead in a way that only PNT can muster. Harsh static blasts, piles of tape hiss, extremely low frequency oscillators and a host of other unworldly sounds awkwardly collide and just as awkwardly bolt for the exit. Sporadically, the group finally meshes, building towards collaged walls of auditory weirdness, only to have the rug torn from under their feet.
While “ar b ok alou” does work together as one whole piece, each individual element highlights a different take on the group’s sound. The cd focuses on the sparse, minimal side of PNT’s repertoire, filled with long stretches of silence followed by minimal crackles and quiet scrap metal abuse. The cassette features a lo-fi approach, filling the cassette with layers of tape hiss and bizarre samples. Finally, the 7” hits with blunt and heavy force, finding the group at their cut up, harsh and synthy best. All of these parts are housed inside of a barf-inducing collage of retro colors, awful fonts and truly absurd images. Enjoy! -Peter J Woods
Co-released with Blackhouse, Colbeck Labs, FTAM, MaxCorp Industries and Ursa Major.